It's amazing to me how much of a pain it is to get prescriptions filled. There are many different pharmacies, of course, and we all have our preference. Sometimes, however, that choice is taken away, and we are told what to do.
For example, my husband's insurance company uses Express Scripts. Now, I suppose I don't HAVE to, but some of the medications I take are considered "specialty drugs" and aren't available at every pharmacy. Express Scripts, if you are not familiar with them, is a mail order pharmacy. It is also a huge corporation that manages prescription benefits for several other places.
Express Scripts has used Walgreens in the past as part of their pharmacy provider network. Well, as of January 1, 2012, that is no more. Walgreens is the only 24 hour pharmacy that I know of, and it has locations everywhere. For someone with a lot of medications, having to switch pharmacies, and worse yet,pharmacists, is a nightmare. Walgreens has done everything possible to keep working with Express Scripts so that their customers are not interrupted in any way from receiving their prescriptions.
In light of this change, you can join the Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens If you sign up before January 31, you can save $15.00! I would definitely check it out. Walgreens is offering this, again, to do whatever they can for their customers.
One of the worst parts of this whole thing is that many, many people are being inconvenienced, including our military. Over 250,000 U.S. military personnel and their families, as well as retired military personnel use Tricare pharmacy benefits. Express Scripts is the pharmacy benefit manager of Tricare, and so our military will lose the ability to use Walgreens (everywhere, and open 24 hours a day!) because of Express Scripts. Walgreens has tried to negotiate with Express Scripts to at least separate the Tricare account from the rest to keep the military personnel from being put out. Walgreens and Express Scripts cannot work it out because Express Scripts will not agree to negotiate.
If you feel as upset about this as I do, I urge you to contact media persons, or write a letter to the editor of your newspapers.
We all know how difficult it is to manage several prescriptions. We don't need the hassle of having a mega-corporation like Express Scripts messing everything up.