1/15/12

Walgreens Fights For Express Scripts' Customers

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walgreens. All opinions are 100% mine.

For the first half of my adult life, I was a die-hard fan of a certain pharmacy chain.  Then we moved to a small town that only had one pharmacy - Walgreens. It was inconvenient to drive elsewhere, so I reluctantly made the change. After only one trip, I was hooked. Even after grocery stores and other competing chains opened, I still stuck by Walgreens. I loved knowing that this was a company that stood behind their word. 

Our prescription insurance has a form on their website that allows me to compare the prescription costs across many pharmacies. Although Walgreens typically has the lowest cost, I would be reluctant to switch pharmacies only to save a few dollars. It's hard to put a price on a company that always exceeds my expectations. 

Having said this, I am very thankful that my family's prescription insurance is not through Express Scripts. 

Apparently, a Express Scripts has their price limit. And for unfathomable reasons, Express Scripts chose not to renew their contract with Walgreens. As of January 1, 2012, countless numbers of people across the country are forced to find other pharmacies in order to stay in-network.  Customers that have undoubtedly made a connection with their Walgreens have no choice but to find another pharmacy or be forced to pay full-price for their prescriptions. Being that Walgreens is committed to offering the lowest cost on prescriptions, those customers that use Express Scripts not only had a convenient choice taken away, they will no doubt will incur more expenses for any costs not covered by the insurance. For someone like me, this would be a significant strain on an already tight budget. I doubt that I am alone. 

Walgreens, disappointed by the choice made by Express Scripts, has not been worried about the lost of a insurance provider, but concerned about their most important asset: the customer. Taking a proactive stance, the Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens is being discounted. during the month of January. An individual  membership is $5 and a family membership is $10. The regular cost per year is $20 and $35, respectfully. 

Benefits of the Prescription  Savings Club include:

  • Annual coverage for one year 
  • Family plans cover self, spouse, dependents 22 years of age and younger, and pets
  • Discount prices on prescriptions
  • Savings on more than 8,00 brand-name and generic prescriptions
  • Discounts on flu shots, pet prescriptions, nebulizer, and diabetic supplies
  • Bonuses for purchasing Walgreens brand products and photo services

 

I hate what has happened between Walgreens and Express Express Scripts. My hope is that this provider realizes the tough choices subscribers have been left. and chooses to partner with Walgreens again. If for nothing else, but to give the option back to the people that need it the most. It is too hard in this day in age to find the personal touch and commitment to quality and integrity that Walgreens brings to every community. 

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