January 12, 2012

Pharmacy Consumers affected due to Express Scripts-Walgreens Spat

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

If you are on regular prescription drugs for any condition then the content of this blog post is very important for you. Did you know that Express Scripts Inc has decided that Walgreens will no longer be in it's network? It means you will have to find a pharmacy that will honor your prescription and dispense your drugs on a timely manner. It may become a little expensive to you as your travel, time and other costs may increase. It is not just you but thousands of other pharmacy consumers have been affected by this move.

Express Scripts has long functioned as a healthcare middleman between the employers and pharmacies. The company's role is to bring the most cost effective prescription drug plan for the consumer and ensure savings for employers. In reality Express Scripts doesn't function that way, instead it enters into separate agreements with employers and pharmacies with each not knowing what the negotiated rates are.

With the agreement between Walgreens and Express Scripts falling apart now consumers who have long depended on Walgreens for their prescription drugs will have to go out and find new pharmacies. They may have to drive longer distances to get the same drugs, they may have to pay more also, depending on which pharmacy they can access.

Another big segment of population affected is our countries most respected citizens - service members of the armed forces. Walgreens wants to support the troops with their healthcare needs but Express Scripts seems to be standing in the way. Tricare which services the military is a client of Express Scripts and now with this decision to eliminate Walgreens service personnel will not have access to Walgreens.

If you are one of those affected by this spat I encourage to voice your opinions. Write to your local newspaper, television channel, radio station and even to Express Scripts to reinstate the agreement. After all Walgreens did agree to match the prices of all pharmacies in the Tricare network for military personnel.

If you are affected by this spat but you still want to continue using Walgreens, don't despair. Walgreens has devised methods to help you fill your prescriptions and still save money. Get the membership into the Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens, right now it is discounted. You will save hundreds of dollars on prescription drugs.

If you have been helped by Walgreens in the past and want to support them in this time of crises, go online and like Walgreens on Facebook, follow Walgreens on Twitter and simply shop at Walgreens.

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