Let’s talk about Walgreens and Express Script.
Like many people my age, I have parents who are taking medication daily. These meds are for blood pressure, thyroid issues and other conditions that require daily medication to regulate the problem. They have been enrolled in Express Scripts for a while through Walgreens. Their local Walgreens is less than 5 minutes from their home and they have the Walgreens Prescription Savings Club.
Like most of their friends, being able to visit their neighborhood Walgreens is easy, affordable and extremely convenient. This change even affects our service-men and women. Unfortunately, now that Express Scripts has discontinued their relationship with Walgreens, my parents and their friends will have to find somewhere else to fill their prescriptions.
The problem with all of this is that there seems to be an underlying lack of consideration for the patient. If Express Scripts believes it is benefiting anyone other than themselves, we would love to see proof. Once again the patient is left to scramble to fill prescriptions at the whim of a health plan. Disregarding the health of a patient is nothing new to health plans; lately, its par for the course. Had they made these changes to save the patients some money than a little inconvenience is worth it. But this is not the case.