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I recently learned in the news about the dispute between Walgreens and Express Scripts. Express Scripts serves as a prescription drug “middle man” between employers and insurance companies that pay for medications, and the pharmacies who provide health care and distribute medications. Walgreens issue with Express Scripts is that they wanted absolute control over the contract terms. This included defining which drugs were a brand or generic, drug reimbursement rates, and more. Since Walgreens did not agree, Express Scripts decided to no longer work with Walgreens or Duane Reade. For those who use Walgreens for prescription drugs, this is a huge issue! Patients will have to find new pharmacies, which could not be as a local or personable as the Walgreens they’ve gone to previously.
Walgreens believes this is unfair unfair especially to their customers and the patients they assist. Walgreens has decided to run a January promotion for customers by reducing the prices of the Walgreens Prescription Savings Club. The club will generously reduce the prices to $5 for an individual, or $10 for a family. Club membership is regularly $20 for an individual, or $35 for a family. Members will receive significant savings on more than 8.000 brand name and all generic medications! Walgreens is also offering discounts on more than 400 generic 3-month supply medications. Patients will pay less than $1 a week! All these great savings will help Walgreens’ customers out immensely, especially with the 3-month supply medications. It is believe that the discounted 3-month supply medications is what caused tension with Express Scripts. Express Scripts offers their own 3-month supply medications, in which they probably saw Walgreens as a direct competitor.
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