My husband and I were just recently made aware of a situation that is going on with some of our pharmacy providers and wanted to pass this information, that could be important, to you and your family.
Express Scripts is a pharmacy provider for some health insurance policies. You can find your provider by looking on the back of your insurance card. For instance, our pharmacy provider for our insurance is Caremark.
Express Scripts has elected as of Dec 31st 2011, to break their relationship with Walgreens Pharmacy and the consumer is the one who loses when the pharmacy providers put their profits ahead of our convenience and safety. Take a look at this link: Walgreens and Express Script
Walgreens offers more 24-hour and drive-thru pharmacies than any other pharmacy in the country. Obviously anyone who has Express Scripts as their pharmacy provider has just had their options considerably limited for the fulfillment of their prescriptions. It appears that some pharmacy providers are making more profit from mail order than letting you go to your local pharmacy!
The problem with mail orders is pretty obvious if you need your prescription at 2 in the morning, on a major holiday, or just in an emergency that can’t wait. For instance, two years ago on Christmas Day, our daughter was having some pretty major difficulties after having given birth a few days earlier, and was in desperate need of a prescription. Luckily for us, Walgreens in a town fairly close to us was open on Christmas day and we were able to get her the relief that she so urgently was in need of.
Our experience with mail order pharmacy prescriptions has been mixed. For instance on one occasion,we had an order that we still had not received after two weeks, it then became our responsibility to contact the provider and they ended up sending out the order twice, and we also got billed twice! It then became our responsibility again to get all the billing and shipping straightened out. Not the best experience.
If any other providers follow suit it could become a problem with our availability to 24 hour, local and personal pharmacy service!
Walgreens is trying to minimize the disruption to Express Scripts clients by offering a special discount on annual membership for its Prescription Savings Club. An individual can join during a special January promotion for only $5 or $10 for a family membership, and receive savings Walgreens Prescription Savings Club
Don’t let the middleman pharmacy provider take away our choices!