Express Scripts Inc is a company that acts as a middleman between pharmacies and the employer health plans that pay for medications. Walgreens and Express Scripts have been negotiating for the past year over the contract that would keep Walgreens in the Express Scripts pharmacy network.
As of January 1 all Walgreens nation wide have been removed from the Express Scripts provider network.
This also affects Tricare which is the prescription drug program for America’s military service people and their families. Walgreens had offered to negotiate the Tricare contract separately from other Express Scripts business to help keep military personnel from being inconvenienced. That offer was not accepted.
What this means is that customers with certain prescription insurance plans managed by Express Scripts can no longer get prescriptions at Walgreens if they want to use their in-network insurance coverage. Many customers are having to drive farther and shop at inconvenient times.
To help customers during the transition, Walgreens is offering a discount on its annual membership fees to the Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens through January 31. An individual can join the club during this time for only $5 and a family for $10. Regular membership fees are $20 per person and $35 per family.
The club offers savings on more than 8000 brand name and all generic medications. Many generic medicines are available in 3 month supplies for less than a $1 a week.