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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Hi! I’m a wife to a wonderful husband, mom to a beautiful and active (to put it lightly) kiddo, and fur-mom to 3 crazy cats. I’m a former journalist. I quit my full time job two years ago. Now, I am a freelance writer and a virtual assistant for several bloggers!

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  1. DJ says:

    My wife is a CVS Pharmacist in Arizona. You wonder, how could this affect us? Well… They were doing 3-400 scripts a day and now its A LOT more. Now everyone is working overtime, including her. Walgreens also has a terrible system in place to transfer these prescriptions. they have a central call center where a pharmacist sits at a computer all day, some from home, and all they do is transfers… and they are slooooow!! (sometimes she is on hold for over an hour!) Well it has added stress to her day above and beyond and CVS is scrambling to get enough staff to handle the extra business. How dumb is walgreens? You think you own the market and flex your muscles… then realize customers can get their stuff anywhere else. I am sure express scripts was well aware of this. Well walgreens employees, when you get laid off, I know who is hiring. Better yet, you better go now…before others beat you to it.

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