If you’re insured through Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield or another carrier using the Express Scripts network, Walgreens will be leaving the network on January 1, 2012. Express Scripts just posted on their website:
“At Express Scripts, we’re committed to keeping your prescription drugs affordable and accessible. That’s why we negotiate cost-competitive agreements with all of our participating retail pharmacies. Unfortunately, Walgreens’ proposed 2012 prices are much higher than the other pharmacies within our network. If we accepted Walgreens’ rate, their higher costs may affect your future premiums.
As a result, Walgreens* will no longer be a participating provider in our pharmacy networks effective Jan. 1, 2012.”
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield says they will send one more mailing to employers by email and to members that have used Walgreens within the last 90 days. This mailing urges members to take action to move their prescriptions to another in-network pharmacy before December 31, 2011.
Express Scripts points out how easy it is to transfer your prescriptions to another pharmacy. You can search for another pharmacy that serves Express Scripts members, find pharmacies that work with your plan, or even sign up for home delivery (auto refills, no extra cost and prescriptions get delivered for free, why not?)
Express Scripts is sorry that Walgreens did what they did and has expressed sincere regret about the situation:
“We regret any inconvenience that Walgreens’ actions have caused you. If you have any questions, please call us at 1.877.885.3409.”