Local Pharmacies Hope to Gain from Express Scripts Change

7 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, December 22 2011 Dec 22, 2011 Thursday, December 22, 2011 1:10:00 PM CST December 22, 2011 in News
By: Emily Spain
loading

COLUMBIA - Local pharmacies said Thursday they are seeing some of Walgreens customers' prescriptions coming to them as the new year gets closer. That's because on Jan. 1, Walgreens pharmacies will no longer be contracted with Express Scripts, a pharmacy benefit manager.

Express Scripts spokesman Thom Gross said its network reimburses pharmacies for filling prescriptions at a lower price. However, when Walgreens contract with Express Scripts is up on Jan. 1, prices will go up for those getting their prescriptions from Walgreens with Express Scripts on their health insurance.

Employers that carry Express Scripts include the University of Missouri and the state of Missouri, according to D&H Drug pharmacist Erica Hopkins-Wadlow.

Hopkins-Wadlow said she has noticed a change in the pharmacy's business because of Walgreens choice to leave Express Scripts.

"We have transferred in a lot more prescriptions than we normally would and most of them are saying, 'Yeah, it's because of my insurance,'" she said.

Hopkins-Wadlow said she understands Walgreens decision to leave the network.

"Walgreens is a big corporation, so you know it's setting an example saying, 'Hey, we're not going to take this.' I know not all people can. D&H we're a smaller business so it's harder to turn away people who need their prescriptions," she said.

Gross said patients with Express Scripts can transfer their prescriptions easily to any other of the pharmacies in their network including Hy-Vee, Sam's Club, Walmart, Gerbes, Schnucks and independent pharmacies like D&H Drug. You can also search your zip code on the Express Scripts website.

Walgreens' spokesman Michael Polzin said the chain is leaving Express Scripts because the network wanted to lower the rate of reimbursement it gives to Walgreens. Gross said the lower rate would offset the rising price of prescription drugs.

"The services that the pharmacy is providing are the same and we see no reason for our clients and patients to pay a higher dispensing rate just because the price of the drug has inflated," Gross said.

But Polzin explained Walgreens asked for the current rate in order to help pay for the prescriptions the pharmacies buys. Polzin said patients with Express Scripts can still come to Walgreens and have low-priced prescriptions because they offer more generic options than other pharmacies.

Gross said Express Scripts it is still open to negotiations with Walgreens, but assumes the pharmacy will leave the network on Jan 1.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA — The City of Columbia Public Works plans to have a 24-person crew begin monitoring road conditions and treating... More >>
3 hours ago Saturday, December 14 2019 Dec 14, 2019 Saturday, December 14, 2019 7:48:00 PM CST December 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Police are investigating after an ATM was stolen from the Great Southern Bank on 3200 South Providence Saturday... More >>
6 hours ago Saturday, December 14 2019 Dec 14, 2019 Saturday, December 14, 2019 5:22:00 PM CST December 14, 2019 in News
MID-MISSOURI - A winter storm is expected to bring snow and ice accumulation to Missouri followed by frigid temperatures. This... More >>
6 hours ago Saturday, December 14 2019 Dec 14, 2019 Saturday, December 14, 2019 4:50:00 PM CST December 14, 2019 in Weather
COOPER COUNTY, BLACKWATER — A small community in Mid-Missouri is attempting to spread holiday cheer within a few miles of... More >>
8 hours ago Saturday, December 14 2019 Dec 14, 2019 Saturday, December 14, 2019 3:30:00 PM CST December 14, 2019 in News
HOLTS SUMMIT - With temperatures around 30 degrees on Saturday, the cold weather did not stop Holts Summit residents from... More >>
8 hours ago Saturday, December 14 2019 Dec 14, 2019 Saturday, December 14, 2019 2:47:00 PM CST December 14, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Department of Transportation crews are preparing for an expected winter storm this weekend. In a press... More >>
9 hours ago Saturday, December 14 2019 Dec 14, 2019 Saturday, December 14, 2019 2:34:00 PM CST December 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — St. Louis officials have voted to ban local veterinarians from declawing cats. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports... More >>
9 hours ago Saturday, December 14 2019 Dec 14, 2019 Saturday, December 14, 2019 2:21:00 PM CST December 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Chatbots could soon be answering more questions from Missourians about their taxes or welfare. The St. Louis... More >>
9 hours ago Saturday, December 14 2019 Dec 14, 2019 Saturday, December 14, 2019 2:15:00 PM CST December 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Two people were injured Friday night after an assault and shots fired incident in north Columbia, according to... More >>
12 hours ago Saturday, December 14 2019 Dec 14, 2019 Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:14:00 AM CST December 14, 2019 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - The Boone County Sheriff's Department completed a week-long training program on Friday, cumulating with a role-playing exercise to... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 13 2019 Dec 13, 2019 Friday, December 13, 2019 5:05:00 PM CST December 13, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Fire Department has a new chief. City Manager John Glascock says Andy Woody will be taking... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 13 2019 Dec 13, 2019 Friday, December 13, 2019 3:50:00 PM CST December 13, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Former Missouri football coach Barry Odom is heading to Arkansas. New Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman confirmed... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 13 2019 Dec 13, 2019 Friday, December 13, 2019 3:19:00 PM CST December 13, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA – Columbia psychologist, Kurt Bumby, 50, is charged with two counts of statutory sodomy in Boone County and two... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 13 2019 Dec 13, 2019 Friday, December 13, 2019 3:18:00 PM CST December 13, 2019 in News
FULTON - Although legally blind, Fulton Special Olympics tennis player Jesse competes with enthusiasm in a high demanding sport for... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 13 2019 Dec 13, 2019 Friday, December 13, 2019 2:21:00 PM CST December 13, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A proposed plan to expand the Jefferson City National Cemetery across the street and move a park... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 13 2019 Dec 13, 2019 Friday, December 13, 2019 2:15:00 PM CST December 13, 2019 in News
BOONVILLE - Shovels and salt will likely be in higher demand at local hardware stores after a forecasted weekend snow... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 13 2019 Dec 13, 2019 Friday, December 13, 2019 12:55:00 PM CST December 13, 2019 in News
WENTZVILLE, Mo. (AP) — General Motors plans to invest $1.5 billion in truck production at a suburban St. Louis plant.... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 13 2019 Dec 13, 2019 Friday, December 13, 2019 12:24:00 PM CST December 13, 2019 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY- A 71-year-old woman was killed last night after her car struck a tree, according to the Missouri State... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 13 2019 Dec 13, 2019 Friday, December 13, 2019 11:35:00 AM CST December 13, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 27°
12am 27°
1am 27°
2am 26°
3am 26°