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Walgreens and Express Scripts Agree to Disagree

Posted Jun 23 2009 5:20pm

This is something that has been in the news with other retail drug chains as far as not using a cheaper generic drug.  Once all the data is analyzed and brought forward through some audit tables, we’ll probably have a better picture of what this is all about.  BD 

Sounds like things got nasty last year as Walgreens and Express Scripts were negotiating a new contract. Now the companies are suing each other in federal court.

It’s understandable that things might get tense between the companies; the role of Express Scripts as a pharmacy benefits manager is to negotiate deals on prescription drugs. According the suit filed by Walgreens, an Express Scripts executive “warned that, if negotiations did not go well, [Express Scripts] would make life very difficult for Walgreen.”

Instead, Express Scripts sued first, seeking $25 million in damages. In the suit, Express Scripts said its audits had uncovered that Walgreens was, among other things, filling prescriptions with more expensive capsules instead of with cheaper tablets. Walgreens has denied the Express Scripts allegations in court.

Walgreens, Express Scripts Fight Over ‘Blitzkrieg’ Audits - Health Blog - WSJ

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