|Dear Benefit Adviser,We are pleased to inform you that earlier today Express Scripts and Walgreens announced a multi-year agreement. As of Sept. 15, 2012, Walgreens will begin to participate in the broadest Express Scripts retail pharmacy network for new and existing clients.
The Sept. 15 date should provide a reasonable timeframe for you to communicate to your clients. Here is a brief overview of how this agreement will affect them:
Legacy Express Scripts clients with broad networks: As of Sept. 15, Walgreens will begin to participate in the broadest Express Scripts retail pharmacy network for your new and existing clients.
Legacy Medco clients with broad networks: The broad network for legacy Medco clients includes Walgreens. This agreement does not affect your clients’ current network and has no impact on their members.
Clients with narrow networks: The agreement does not apply to our narrow networks. Clients in these networks will not be affected as Walgreens continues to not participate.
Express Scripts is developing an internal communication package to help your clients convey this information within their organizations and anticipates making these materials available in the coming days.
Express Scripts members can log in to www.express-scripts.com to see pharmacies that are currently in their network. By Sept. 15, Walgreens pharmacies will be visible on the Express Scripts pharmacy locator for members who are in the broadest network.
Express Scripts continues its commitment to making the use of prescription drugs more affordable, and aligning with your best interests to provide a clinically sound and economically responsible pharmacy benefit. Express Scripts has a variety of pharmacy network offerings to address the needs, member access and economic objectives of your clients.
Over the past year, we never lost sight of our goal: alignment with our clients’ interests. We appreciate your business and are passionate about improving the health outcomes of your clients’ members.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact your Express Scripts Strategic Relations Director.