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Express Scripts Strives to Make Prescription Drugs Affordable and Accessible to American Families
Date:6/21/2011

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Express Scripts Seeking No Other Changes to Contract Terms

  • Express Scripts has requested the same contract terms that were mutually agreed upon in the existing contract. To be clear, Express Scripts has not asked to change the definitions of branded and generic medicines.  

Control of Pharmacy Benefit Plan Design Should Remain with Plan Sponsors

  • Walgreens wants to dictate which clients and members to serve, focusing on the most profitable patients.  Neither network providers nor Express Scripts should control pharmacy benefit plan design.  This is the sole responsibility of plan sponsors to represent the best interests of their members.

If Walgreens maintains its current stance, Medicare prescriptions filled at Walgreens would cost the federal government an additional $300 million for the exact same prescriptions that can be filled at more than 50,000 other pharmacies for a lower price, on average. Likewise, our other clients – including Medicaid and the Department of Defense – would experience comparable cost increases.

On average, another pharmacy within the Express Scripts network is within one-half mile of a Walgreens pharmacy. Even without Walgreens in our network, we meet all client guarantees for access.  

Express Scripts is optimistic that Walgreens will return to the table and negotiate in good faith toward a common goal of providing optimal care at a reasonable and competitive rate for tens of millions of Americans.  

About Express Scripts

Express Scripts, Inc., one of the largest pharmacy benefit management companies in North America, is leading the way toward creating better health and value for patients through Consumerology®, the advanced application of the behavioral sciences to healthcare. This approach is helping milli
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