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Walgreens Is Helping Patients Whose Prescription-Drug Plans Are Served by Express Scripts


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RECENTLY, WALGREENS UNVEILED A COMPREHENSIVE, NATIONAL EFFORT, TO HELP PATIENTS WHOSE PRESCRIPTION-DRUG PLANS ARE SERVED BY EXPRESS SCRIPTS.  THE PLAN AIMS TO HELP THESE PATIENTS CONTINUE USING WALGREENS, WHEN POSSIBLE--OR MAKE A SMOOTH TRANSITION TO ANOTHER COMMUNITY-PHARMACY.  THROUGH THIS EFFORT, WALGREENS SEEKS TO MINIMIZE PATIENT-DISRUPTION AND -INCONVENIENCE, AS A RESULT OF EXPRESS SCRIPTS NO LONGER PROVIDING IN-NETWORK COVERAGE OF PRESCRIPTIONS THAT ARE FILLED AT WALGREENS.  KERMIT CRAWFORD IS THE PRESIDENT OF WALGREENS' "PHARMACY, HEALTH, AND WELLNESS SERVICES AND SOLUTIONS"...

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FOR THE PAST YEAR, WALGREENS HAS WORKED--IN GOOD FAITH--TO NEGOTIATE A CONTRACT-RENEWAL AGREEMENT WITH EXPRESS SCRIPTS--AND REMAIN IN THEIR NETWORK, SERVING PATIENTS.  UNFORTUNATELY, EXPRESS SCRIPTS HAS REJECTED OUR BEST EFFORTS--AND, AS OF JANUARY 1ST, HAS STOPPED NETWORK-COVERAGE OF PRESCRIPTIONS [THAT ARE] FILLED AT WALGREENS.  GIVEN THIS UNFORTUNATE SITUATION, WE ARE COMMITTED TO HELPING MAKE THIS TRANSITION AS PAINLESS AND SMOOTH AS POSSIBLE:  IF EXPRESS SCRIPTS MANAGES YOUR PRESCRIPTION-DRUG BENEFIT, TALK TO YOUR WALGREENS-PHARMACIST; THEY CAN HELP YOU.  FOR EXAMPLE, DURING THE MONTH OF JANUARY, YOU CAN SIGN UP FOR THE WALGREENS-'PRESCRIPTION SAVINGS CLUB' AT A SPECIAL, DISCOUNTED, ONE-YEAR MEMBERSHIP OF ONLY FIVE DOLLARS--OR 10 DOLLARS, FOR A FAMILY-MEMBERSHIP.  YOU'LL GET SAVINGS ON MORE THAN EIGHT-THOUSAND BRAND-NAME--AND ALL GENERIC--MEDICATIONS.  YOU CAN ALSO VISIT OUR WEBSITE, AT 'WALGREENS'-DOT-COM--OR CALL OUR TOLL-FREE NUMBER, 1-800-'WALGREENS'; WE HAVE ADDED STAFF TO HANDLE YOUR CALLS AND QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS MATTER.  WE REGRET THE IMPACT [THAT] THE EXPRESS-SCRIPTS SITUATION MAY HAVE ON SOME OF OUR PATIENTS; WE REMAIN COMMITTED TO HELPING THEM THROUGH THIS TRANSITION--AND TO PROVIDING SERVICE [THAT] YOU CAN DEPEND ON, FROM YOUR WALGREENS."

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT "WALGREENS"-DOT-COM--OR CALL 1-800-"WALGREENS".



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