This post brought to you by Walgreens. All opinions are 100% mine.
I subscribe to a lot of blogs, and I kept seeing posts about Walgreens and Express Scripts, so I decided to check out what was up. I read through some info (including the press release above) and learned that Walgreens's contract with a program called Express Scripts ended the end of 2011, which means that a lot of people whose prescriptions are covered by insurance (lucky ducks!) are having to switch to other pharmacies. If you live in a rural area like I currently am, that can be a big deal, since other pharmacies can be way more out of the way, and often aren't open 24hrs.
If you're not sure if your prescription plan will be impacted by the change, you can just check with your Walgreens pharmacist to be sure, or just look at the back of your prescription insurance card- it should say Express Scripts if they manage your program. (One client of Express Scripts is Tricare, which covers many military prescription programs). For more info and updates, you can find Walgreens on Twitter and Walgreens on Facebook. Walgreens also suggests contacting your local media to voice your concerns about the changes if you're impacted.
To offer an option to those affected by the program changes, the Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens is being offered at a special discount (more than half off) to help keep generic drugs affordable.
The changes to the program don't impact me personally, since I don't have insurance and can never afford to go to the doctor or buy medicine, but I am a fan of Walgreens thanks to their great sales, so I wanted to support them by helping to spread the word. (Apparently my loyalty is easily won with good sales on cat litter!)