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  • cvs_vs_wag cvs_vs_wag Jan 4, 2012 11:45 PM Flag

    Important Information for TRICARE Beneficiaries About Walgreens

    and Your Retail Pharmacy Benefit

    Express Scripts, as the administrator of the TRICARE pharmacy benefit, has made a commitment to provide a prescription drug benefit that meets the needs of beneficiaries in an effective, efficient, and fiscally responsible manner. One of the ways we do this is by negotiating competitive rates for prescription drugs with retail pharmacies in our network.

    As you may have heard, Walgreens has stopped participating as a provider in the Express Scripts pharmacy network as of Jan. 1, 2012.

    The prices Walgreens offered to Express Scripts for filling prescriptions would cost TRICARE more than other pharmacies filling the same prescriptions. It would mean the cost to TRICARE would increase. Every dollar of cost savings from the discounted prices we negotiate with network pharmacies result directly in savings for the TRICARE program.

    If you fill a prescription at Walgreens, you will pay 100% of the cost and you will need to file a paper claim for non-network benefit reimbursement. For more information, view your detailed copayment/cost share information. To avoid potential disruption to your medication, it is important for you to take action now.

    We realize that this poses an inconvenience to you, and Express Scripts is committed to making the transition to an alternative pharmacy as simple as possible.

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    • Thanks "justinfosteristheman" for the kind words.

      I wish I knew more about the dailymed arrangement with WAG. Unfortunately, nothing has been passed along to us at the store level yet. Most of what I know is from following news stories and threads on the ol' google!!

      Potentially of interest, prairiestone pharmacies are in Minnesota, so we might be among the first to (aside from IN) to see how this is going to play out. If I hear anything, or when anything starts to actually get implemented, I'll post what I know here for everyone.

      I haven't been into a prairirstone pharmacy, but I'd be interested to see how long they will or can continue to utilize dailymedrx?? I truthfully don't know the details of the WAG purchase. Time will tell!!

    • CVS_vs_WAG says:

      "The prices Walgreens offered to Express Scripts for filling prescriptions would cost TRICARE more than other pharmacies filling the same prescriptions. It would mean the cost to TRICARE would increase. Every dollar of cost savings from the discounted prices we negotiate with network pharmacies result directly in savings for the TRICARE program."

      Ummmm, I'm not exactly sure how to address this, other than to say that it is an out and out LIE. An absurd FACRICATION. You should be a politician.

      The FACT is, WAG offered ESRX a contract, specifically for TRICARE members, that would guarantee to meet or beat the average retail pharmacy reimbursement per Rx. Per WAG's offer, a third party would audit the claims quarterly, and any overage (in other words, for your simple mind, any cost savings NOT REALIZED by ESRX according to the agreement), would be directly reimbursed to ESRX, thus GUARANTEEING that WAG would NOT COST MORE than other retailers filling prescriptions for TRICARE members. It GUARANTEED that the pricing would be such so as NOT to increase overall costs for TRICARE members. This, if I didn't already mention it, was GUARANTEED by WAG. What's more, it was made public (look at WAG or ESRX news history for the last few months). For the love of all that's honest and sacred, ESRX did not even dispute the terms that WAG offered that ESRX REFUSED!!

      Sheesh...it gets tiresome correcting all the misinformation and out-right lies some of you nutjobs throw out there.

      No one, NO ONE, can claim that WAG did not do everything in its power to do right by America's military and DOD members, regardless of how poor the reimbursement from ESRX or how absurd the terms ESRX was demanding.

    • "The prices Walgreens offered to Express Scripts for filling prescriptions would cost TRICARE more than other pharmacies filling the same prescriptions. It would mean the cost to TRICARE would increase"

      Biggest lie since Obama took offiice

      So with WAG out of the picture, prices will drop right? Don't hold your breath

    • CVS vs Wag:

      This is CVS marketing Plan, If Caremark
      did'nt buy you and bring it's base into your company you would be filling script for cents on the dollar.

      So now that you have provided this board with your BIG PLAN, go into the
      Esrx office and and show them your cost/outcome results,Fool.

    • "It's too bad a major pharmacy like Walgreens won't take our prescriptions. A lot of people like myself have used them for years and years," said retired Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Nogales, who's enrolled in the TRICARE program with his family. "Maybe they can still work something out. For now we'll have to find somewhere else to get our meds."

      The companies cited differences over reimbursement rates and contract terms as the reasons for the impasse. Calls to both companies were not immediately returned.

 
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