Sunday, January 15, 2012

Your Local Pharmacy a Thing of the Past?

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

     Over the course of the last year, Americans have seen corporate America constantly engaging in a money grab that is tearing away the fabric of the middle class and threatening our way of life.  As the rich grow richer and everyone else grows poorer, our citizens find themselves facing a situation never before encountered by Americans.  We have always had a vibrant middle class that has been the strength of our nation.  Suddenly, our middle class is finding options that made life easier being erased by greed.  A good example of this is what has been happening to a well respected chain of local pharmacies across our nation, Walgreens.

     Walgreens has for some years had a contract with Express Scripts that has allowed them to serve a vast number of Americans with their products and expertise.  Providing Americans with convenient locations to get their prescriptions filled and, in many cases, 24 hour service, Walgreens has filled a need for many Americans of all economic strata and ages, but this long time relationship with many satisfied clients is now threatened by Express Scripts. 

     Express Scripts acts as a middleman between employers and health providers and pharmacies.  For no reason other than the fact that Walgreens would not agree to giving Express Scripts cart blanche in determining prices and profits, they refused to renew the contract between Walgreens and Express Script, forcing many clients to leave their trusted Walgreen's pharmacist to go to other locations farther from their homes with unfamiliar pharmacists.  This has taken place despite the fact that Express Scripts already takes a much greater profit than the local pharmacies.  An ostensible reason for this action could be a gradual forcing of the American public to use Express Scripts mail order prescription service.  Eventually, this could put them in a position to dictate prices and profits at will while forcing local pharmacies into extinction.  I for one do not want to see this happen.  I take a maintenance medication that is absolutely necessary for me to function properly.  It is comforting to know that if for some reason I run out, 24 hour service is available just around the corner.  In addition to that, it has always been a benefit to be able to consult my local pharmacist to determine what type of OTC medication would best treat any given malady.

     The good news in all of this is that Americans have stood up with a resounding "no" to similar efforts by banking, phone companies and the entertainment industry with surprisingly  good results.  Walgreens is making it possible for Americans to stand strong once again by giving us an option. They are offering a special discount program,Walgreens Prescription Savings Club, on thousands of prescriptions to individuals and families at the low cost of $5.00 and $10.00 a year.  Some generic prescriptions can be purchased for as little as $1.00 for a month's supply.  We Americans need to join hands once again and let our voice be heard to bestow the American legacy upon our children by supporting our local pharmacies such as Walgreens.

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