For the past year, Walgreens and Express Scripts have been negotiating for Walgreens to continue as part of Express Scripts’ network of pharmacy provider. At the turn of the year, Walgreens’ contract expired and was not renewed after those negotiations failed. So now, members of Express Scripts were forced to find new, less convenient pharmacies just so they can keep their in-network benefits.
Because of all these, even TriCare was dragged into the fray. TriCare is the health and prescription drug program for military servicemen, so you can just imagine how these servicemen would suffer from the unsuccessful negotiations. Nevertheless, Walgreens offered to negotiate for a separate contract for TriCare and to match the average adjusted prescription costs of other TriCare network pharmacies. Walgreens did this to prevent any disruption of service for these military men and women.
Walgreens is also pushing the Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens, and they have reduced the membership fee for the whole month of January. The regular annual membership of $20 and $35 for individuals and families respectively were reduced to just $5 for individuals and $10 for families.