How many of us get our prescriptions filled at our neighborhood Walgreens? I for one, do. It’s so convenient for me. They have a drive through, they’re open 24 hours, and can usually have my prescription ready for me within 20 minutes.
Thankfully, my insurance covers our prescriptions and I just have to pay a co-payment. I go about my day and I’m done. But that’s not going to be the case for others who have been using Walgreens and Express Script.
Express Scripts acts as a middle man between pharmacies, like Walgreens, and employers and health plans that pay for the medications. For the past year, Walgreens has been trying to negotiate with Express Scripts for a new contract. Unfortunately, they haven’t been successful. As of January 1, 2012, Walgreens is no longer part of Express Scripts’ Pharmacy provider network.
What does that mean for the customer? Well those that have the Express Script plan might have to switch pharmacies. However, Walgreens is making every effort to make the transition as smooth as possible. Walgreens also offers the Walgreens Prescription Savings Club.
They are offering a special discount on annual membership for its Prescription Savings Club: For $10 a year, a family membership covers everyone in your immediate family, including a spouse, dependents 22 and younger and pets. Individuals may join for $5. Join and receive discount prices on your prescriptions.
Other benefits of the Walgreens Prescription Savings Club include:
- Savings on more than 8,000 brand-name and all generic medications
- Discounts on flu shots, pet prescriptions, nebulizer and diabetic supplies
- Bonuses when you purchase Walgreens brand products and photo finishing services