Walgreens Is Still Part of the Medco Pharmacy Network
Walgreens recently announced it will be ending its relationship with Express Scripts, Inc., (ESI) effective
January 1, 2012, but please be aware that the chain remains a part the Medco Health Solutions, Inc.,
(Medco) retail pharmacy network. Members of Medical Mutual and its Family of Companies with
prescription drug benefits through our relationship with Medco will still be able to purchase prescriptions at
their local Walgreens after January 1.
Regulatory approval for ESI’s acquisition of Medco has not yet been issued, so each company continues to
operate independently. Any announcements from Walgreens or ESI do not impact the Medco pharmacy
network at this time. More information about the pharmacy network will be available at the time the merger
is fully executed.
As a reminder, please refer to the Medical Mutual Pharmacy Chain Listing on the
Prescription Drugs pageof the
Producer’s Guide tab on MyBrokerLink for retail pharmacies available through the Medco retailpharmacy network.
Vaccine Administration Covered at Retail Pharmacies
Effective September 15, 2011, a qualified, trained and registered pharmacist at a retail pharmacy within the
Medco network will be reimbursed for
administering a vaccine to a member if the vaccine itself iscurrently covered under the member’s prescription drug benefit. Both the vaccine product and the
administration fee must be submitted through the Medco
TelePAID® System; processing will followstandard claims processing already in place. Before September 15, network pharmacists were unable to
submit this administration fee online, and members had to pay out of pocket and submit a paper claim to
Medical Mutual for reimbursement.
This added service is available to all Medical Mutual and its Family of Companies members who have
vaccine coverage through their prescription drug benefit and who receive the vaccine at a pharmacy
participating in the Medco retail network (subject to plan design).
Groups that do not cover vaccines and groups that do not use Medco
are not affected by this change.