The rising costs of medical care affect us all. In particular, the cost of prescription drugs can make it difficult for us to pay for our health care needs. Walgreens has always been a great place to get quality prescriptions at an affordable price. So I'm glad to see that they are taking steps to help people who are suffering from the problems with Express Scripts.
Despite their best efforts, Walgreens was unable to negotiate a mutually beneficial contract with the Express Scripts provider network, after a year of negotiations. As a result, the contract expired on December 31, 2011, and Walgreens is no longer part of Express Scripts’ pharmacy provider network as of Jan. 1, 2012. This includes all Walgreens pharmacies nationwide and Duane Reade pharmacies in the New York City area. Express Scripts have put America in the middle, while pharmacy profits remain flat and Express Scripts profits increase. As a middleman type of operation, Express Scripts does not provide the services of a pharmacist, while skimming off the profits that should go to the pharmacies,