Chances are when you go to fill a drug prescription, you don't think much about what goes into making that prescription available to you. At least I don't. I go to my local Walgreens, give them my prescription form and expect that in 15 minutes they will have gotten it filled with which ever option (generic or what have you) will save me the most money. It's why I go to Walgreens rather than the other pharmacy in town (which is run by a very sweet, yet price gouging old man and takes at least 30 minutes to even get to your prescription).
Luckily for me (and I'm sure most of you) there are Walgreens locations on my way to pretty much every destination I travel. So when I'm running into the city I can take advantage of the 24 hour pharmacy and know that I don't need to worry about getting there until everything else is taken care of. For someone like me who has to travel an hour to get to a city, that's a huge bonus. Even my local Walgreens has great hours and the added convenience of a drive through (because getting all the kids out of the car and into the store is a HUGE hassle as most of you know!).
You get my point..... I'm a Walgreens customer. Not only for their pharmacy, but that's what I wanted to focus on today because there are some changes going into effect that Walgreens wants you to know about.
Part of the reason Walgreens is able to provide such competitive prices is due to their relationship with Express Scripts. In the past Walgreens and Express Script have negotiated contracts that allow Walgreens to offer their customers great savings. However this year they were unable to reach an agreement which means those who are covered by the Express Script program (check the back of your prescription insurance card to see if this effects you, it will say Express Script on it if it does) will now need to switch pharmacies (and pharmacists!) to continue to get their prescriptions. Not to mention be subject to possible further drives to their new pharmacy and shorter hours of operation. So when you leave the ER in the middle of the night (as I'm sure you fellow parents have!!! because nothing seems to happen during normal house with kids) your out of luck until regular hours the following day (and for people who live in rural areas like me, it also means a separate trip into town to go back during those hours!).
So what is Walgreens doing to help their customers adjust to these changes? Offering a discount on their Walgreens Prescription Savings Club ! For $10 a year, a family membership covers everyone in your immediate family, including a spouse, dependents 22 and younger and pets. Individuals may join for $5. Join and receive discount prices on your prescriptions. Keeping Walgreens as your pharmacy also means you get savings on more than 8,000 brand name and all generic medications, discounts on flu shots, pet prescriptions, diabetic supplies and more.