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ust about every day we hear of another major business that is in financial trouble. Now I just heard about Walgreens who has gone through a possible loss of billions of dollars in sales because of ending their renewal with pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts, Inc. after negotiations broke down over new pricing for prescriptions. Just last year 88 million discounted prescriptions were filled at Walgreens through Express Scripts which was able to negotiate lower prices for company, government and union health plans.
So this leaves many customers of Walgreens now searching for a new place to find where they can get their prescriptions that are required to be filled through Express Scripts. You can read in more detail about Walgreens and Express Script here from Associated Press. I know with us if we got in this kind of prediction, we would be quite upset. We have used our pharmacy for well over ten years and know the pharmacists by name and they us. We have developed a relationship which we would not want to quickly give up. For some customers it will mean quite a distance for them to drive to a new pharmacy location. I can imagine especially with the elderly or those in low income brackets this causing them to neglect to get prescriptions filled.
Walgreens especially wants to help those customers who are affected by the loss of using Express Scripts at their store so they are offering a Walgreens Prescription Savings Club. Through the end of this month the membership cost will be $10 a year for a family membership which covers everyone in the immediate family, including spouse, dependents 22 and younger and pets. Individuals may join for $5. After January 31st the membership cost will be $25 for individuals and $35 for families, so it is quite a savings to join in January. Joining gives members a discount prices on more than 8000 brand name and generic prescriptions, discounts on flu shots, pet prescriptions, nebulizers and diabetic supplies. Plus, when you purchase Walgreens brand products and/or Nice! brand products and/or photofinishing services you will also get a discount!
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