Friday, January 13, 2012

My Thoughts Exactly: Walgreens

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walgreens for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Despite the fact that I complain endlessly about my newly developed trick knee, and I'm pretty sure my hip is about to give out on me any. day. now, I'm actually pretty healthy.

I eat a vegetable once every few days, I walk between my desk and the copier a few times a day and I manage to fall asleep to Matlock by 10pm....that is, when I'm not up until midnight on a felting binge.

Ok, so I could do better.

My goal is to be like my granddaddy, 80 years old and he only just recently started taking prescribed medication. 

I'm not sayin' he led the healthiest of lives; I doubt following in his footsteps and taking up smoking and rabble rousing is going to get me as far.  I'm also not sayin' there's something wrong with needing a little extra help.  I just know myself.  And myself can barely remember to put clean socks on let alone a variety of medications at different times each day.

You know how good I am at getting to the point...

So there are people in the world who need medicine.

And a good deal of them use Walgreens to fill their prescriptions.  (It's actually one in five prescriptions, but who's counting?)

But now there's a little drama that just might complicate everything:

The contract between pharmacy benefits manager, Express Scripts, and Walgreens expired at the end of 2011 and there was no agreement reached in time.  It's looking like there won't be any agreement. 

For details visit this  Walgreens and Express Script press release.

But in summary this means the buck does not stop here, no soup for you, you're not going to be able to get your meds at this store.  Even though you've been going there for years and your pharmacist knows the ins and outs and inbetweens of your battle with eczema you now have to find a new in-network pharmacy.  I don't have this kind of relationship with my pharmacist; I can't even remember which pharmacy I use for cryin' out loud.  But I do know what it's like to have a professional relationship and how difficult that is to reestablish with someone new.

Fortunately, Walgreens is doing what they can to make this transition as easy as possible.  And for some that means not having to make the transition at all!  They are offering discounts for the Walgreens Prescription Savings Club, which will give everyone in the immediate family (including pets!) a year membership for only $10, and $5 for individuals. 

Benefits include discounts on prescriptions, savings on more than 8,000 brand-name and generic medications, and discounts on flu shots pet prescriptions, nebulizers and diabetic supplies.

Commendable, if you ask me.

You can follow along and show your support at Walgreens on Twitter and Walgreens on Facebook.

(and if you like them on facebook they will donate a dollar to the Way to Well Commitment aimed at improving overall health and!)

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