Despite ongoing talks between Walgreen’s Pharmacy and Express Scripts—the
pharmacy network manager for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield—it appears
the two parties will be unable to reach an agreement before the end of the
“Absent a last minute agreement, Walgreen’s will leave the network on Jan.
1, 2012,” Anthem said in a statement released on Monday.
Anthem plans to send one last mailer to members who have used Walgreen’s
within the last 90 days. This mailing will urge members to take action to
move their prescriptions to another in-network pharmacy before December 31,
“We will also make automated phone calls to many impacted members in an
effort to help raise awareness of this issue, and to encourage members to
transfer their Walgreen’s prescriptions before December 31, 2011,” Anthem
said. “Where appropriate, members will receive information about the
opportunity to switch their medications to the Express Scripts home delivery
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name in Indiana of Anthem
Insurance Companies Inc.