We weren’t even aware of it, but it turns out that for the past year, Walgreens and Express Scripts have been having negotiations so that Walgreens can continue as part of Express Scripts’ network of pharmacy providers. Nevertheless, nothing came out of the negotiations and Walgreens’ contract, which expired on December 31, 2011, was not renewed.
Therefore, members of Express Scripts are now looking for other pharmacies, even those that are too far off, just so they can utilize their privilege. This is plainly an inconvenience to these customers. Worse, even TriCare, a health and prescription drug program enjoyed by men and women in the military, was dragged into the mess.
It’s a good thing that Walgreens is very much after the welfare of their customers, especially the country’s troops, so now, they are trying to negotiate another contract for TriCare. This negotiation would allow them to match their costs to other network pharmacies of TriCare. The idea behind this is so that there wouldn’t be any disruption of service.
Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens is also being extended to Express Scripts users who might still want to do business with them. They did this by lowering the annual membership fee for the whole month of January. The regular annual membership fee costing $20 and $35 for individuals and families respectively were lowered to just $5 for individuals and $10 for families.