Losing Express Script Program Affects Walgreens Customers

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When I lived in Dalton, I was a regular customer at Walgreens. Not only did I shop there, but I filled my prescriptions there as well.

Now that I’ve moved, we don’t have a Walgreens in town and I have had to go elsewhere for my drug store needs, so I haven’t kept abreast of news regarding Walgreens and Express Script. Walgreens tried to negotiate terms with Express Script to continue as part of its pharmacy provider network last year and, when the two parties weren’t able to reach an agreement, the contract between the two was terminated as of Dec. 31, 2011. This affects both Walgreens and Duane Reed stores.

Now, patients on Express Script plans have to change their pharmacists and drive farther to get their prescriptions filled, which can be a hassle with hectic schedules. In an effort to help customers, Walgreens is offering a special discount on an annual membership in its Walgreens Prescription Savings Club. For $10 a year, a family membership will cover a spouse and all dependent children age 22 and younger. Individuals can join for $5. Club members receive discounts on prescriptions, flu shots, pet prescriptions, nebulizers and diabetic supplies. There are also bonuses when you purchase Walgreens brand prodcts and photo finishing services.

Have any of you been affected by this? Check out the entire press release here:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/144giYDsuBLUzZ5rJqe7oo8madlMnFkJ6xTUFcNGsNDM/edit and show your support by following Walgreens on Twitter or Walgreens on Facebook.

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Ringing in the New Year

We started the new year in the North Georgia mountains. Joe’s parents have a cabin in Blue Ridge, and we usually go up there for New Year’s Eve since my mother-in-law does a traditional Southern meal for New Year’s Day. We were bummed that Joe’s sister and her family couldn’t make it, but Lucy enjoyed all the attention from her grandparents.

We arrived late Friday night, and on Saturday we were up early to head to downtown Blue Ridge so Lucy could see the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, which travels from Blue Ridge to McCaysville. Lucy loves trains, and she really liked getting to see one up close. We’re thinking about taking the girls on the train ride this summer.

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We waited for the train to leave, and then we headed over to the park to let Lucy play. She completely bypassed the smaller playground and made a beeline for the large playground with the longer slides. She certainly isn’t timid! She spent a lot of time sliding down the big, enclosed slide.

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After the slide, Lucy played at the rock climbing wall. She liked to peek through the openings and shout, “Boo!”

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It was a fabulous morning. We headed back to the cabin, and Lucy took a 30-minute nap (SIGH), which meant we were all dragging the rest of the day. After sundown, we put on some Disney movies and Curious George and watched until 11:30 p.m., when we put Lucy to bed. She probably could have made it until midnight, but we decided she had stayed up late enough. The funny thing is that Lucy made it through the movies while Joe’s parents and I dozed off.

We watched the ball drop online and toasted at midnight and then headed to bed.

On Sunday, we had a lazy morning and at the typical Southern meal of greens (for wealth), black-eyed peas and rice (for luck), meat (for progress and prosperity). There was also spaghetti for the vegetarian (me!) and broccoli for my veggie-loving daughter.

We had a nice, laid-back weekend, which is what going to the cabin is all about. I’d love to the mountains one day. I always miss the peacefulness when we come back home.

Celebrating the Holidays

Since Christmas and Hanukkah fell at the same time last year, we had a crazy busy holiday weekend. We gave Lucy her gifts from us on Friday morning since we were heading to Joe’s parents’ Friday night and then going to my parents’ on Saturday. Her big gift was a Dora coloring table, which she LOVES!

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She had a blast playing all day with all her new toys.

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I had to work, but at 5 p.m., we were out the door headed to Joe’s parents’ to celebrate Hanukkah. We always have a great time, and this year was no different — except for the fact that I was still dealing with the effects of my Reclast infusion. I had to miss out on the lighting of the Hanukkah candles because I was too light-headed to stand, but Lucy and Rivka really enjoyed it. They are so much more fun at this age!

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Lucy had the best time because she got Let’s Rock Elmo. She is in LOVE! Also, she is his drummer. He’s pretty lucky to have her in his band.

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The cupcakes also were a big hit with the kids.

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On Saturday, we took our time packing up and headed to Chattanooga mid-afternoon. We had a fun Christmas eve with my siblings, even though my dad wasn’t able to join us. Lucy always has a blast with her cousins. The three of them ran through the doors separating the living room from the hallway for about 20 minutes before we opened presents and 30 minutes afterward. They weren’t loud. They just ran. And ran. And ran. Joe said the adults were trying to keep them quiet when I passed out in bed after presents, but I didn’t hear a thing.

Anyway. All the kids had a blast and got some great gifts.

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I showed off Lucy’s new bath book, Barnyard Bath! We are big Boynton fans in our house.

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We forgot to take pictures on Christmas Day, but we had a very nice lunch with my family (minus Ryan and his family who were at his in-laws’) and Joe’s parents. Once it was over, though, I took one of my anti-dizziness pills and passed out for the ride home. We had a fun holiday weekend, but here’s hoping everyone is healthy for next year!