Walgreens is part of our weekend routine. On Sunday’s we sit on the couch (or in bed) and we read the “magazines” (as my daughter calls them). We each have our circulars we like – hubby, the tech ones; K, the toys; me, everything else. While my family browses, I go to work. I analyze the sales and deals to pair up with my coupons, and during nap time that afternoon I shop. I rely on Walgreens as one of my go-to bargain shopping stops.
If you also shop Walgreens, you may have noticed that Express Scripts no longer covers prescriptions filled at Walgreens. This change (effective January 1, 2012) means that Express Scripts customers who are used to filling their prescriptions at Walgreens now have to go elsewhere to get their prescriptions covered by in-network benefits. While contract negotiations to keep Walgreens and Express Script together have failed, Walgreens is trying to make this transition as smooth as possible and offer solutions for customers who want to continue filling their prescriptions at their local Walgreens.
Among the steps Walgreens is taking to minimize the disruption is offering a special discount on annual membership for the Walgreens Prescription Savings Club. An individual can join during a special January promotion for only $5, or $10 for a family membership, and receive savings on more than 8,000 brand name and all generic medications. More than 400 generics are available with a three-month supply for less than $1 a week. (Regular annual membership is $20 for an individual and $35 for a family.)
Only patients with certain prescription insurance plans managed by Express Scripts are impacted. (Contact your local Walgreens pharmacist to find out if you’re impacted.)