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If you are a customer of Walgreens and you use Express Scripts then you are already aware of failed negotiations between the two companies over the past year. After nearly a year of unsuccessful negotiations, the contract between the 2 expired and as of January 1, 2012, Walgreens is no longer a part of Express Scripts' pharmacy provider network. This includes all Walgreens pharmacies nationwide as well as the Duane Reade pharmacies in the New York City area. Obviously this is an inconvenience to the many customers who now have to drive farther away to get their medications at different pharmacies. We have used the same pharmacy for as long as I can remember because it's close and because they already have all of our information. Changing would be a pain so I can definitely see why customers are peeved! It's a shame that Walgreens and Express Script were not able to come to some agreement. Express Scripts is not doing their customers any favors by eliminating Walgreens from their plan and if anything, it is costing their customers more money and hassle which I just don't understand.
Among the steps that Walgreens is taking to limit the burden on its customers, they are offering perks through the Walgreens Prescription Savings Club. Through the club, an individual can join during a special promotion this month for $5, or $10 for a family membership. Members can receive savings on more than 8,000 brand name and generic medications and more than 400 generics are available with a three-month supply for less than $1/week. An individual can purchase an annual membership for just $20 or $35 for the entire family. Other benefits include discounts on flu shots, pet prescriptions, nebulizers and diabetic supplies. You can also receive bonuses when you purchase Walgreens brand products and photofinishing services.