Walgreens Leaving the Express Scripts Inc.® Pharmacy Network
Express Scripts, Inc. is the company that administers pharmacy benefits on behalf of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Walgreens has notified Express Scripts that it will no longer participate in the Express Scripts retail pharmacy network as of January 1, 2012. This means that if your employees continue to use Walgreens, including their subsidiary pharmacies (such as Schraft's, Duane Reade, and Happy Harry's, or Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy) for their prescription needs after January 1, 2012, they will responsible for the cost of their prescriptions. In October, we notified accounts with employees affected by this change.
The Express Scripts network has tens of thousands of pharmacies and most members will find an alternative participating pharmacy close to a Walgreens. We have notified members who have recently used a Walgreens pharmacy about this change and have provided them with the names of alternative pharmacies.
Should Express Scripts and Walgreens reach agreement and Walgreens remains in the network, we will notify you and your affected employees.