[HEALTH.MIL] TRICARE Beneficiaries Have Several Pharmacy Options

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TRICARE Beneficiaries Have Several Pharmacy Options
By Cheryl Pellerin
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 29, 2011 - Despite questions about whether the Walgreens
pharmacy chain will continue as a TRICARE provider, beneficiaries will have
several options for filling prescriptions, Defense Department spokeswoman Eileen
M. Lainez said today.

The retail pharmacy contract between Express Scripts Inc., or ESI, and the
Walgreens pharmacy chain is set to expire on Dec. 31, she added.

If the contract is not renewed, Walgreens will no longer be a pharmacy network
provider, Lainez said, but beneficiaries will be able to find a nearby network
pharmacy using the "find a pharmacy" feature at the ESI website,

"We are committed to ensuring all our pharmacy beneficiaries are aware of the
many options that TRICARE makes available to them," said Army Brig. Gen. Bryan
Gamble, TRICARE deputy director. "By now, all of our beneficiaries who use
Walgreens to fill prescriptions should have been contacted to advise them of
their pharmacy options and to take action to ensure their pharmacy benefit
remains uninterrupted. The health of our service members, retirees and their
families remains my number one priority."

In addition to 56,000 network pharmacies, Lainez said, TRICARE beneficiaries
have other pharmacy options, including military pharmacies at no cost; and
convenient, low-cost TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery.

Beneficiaries can check the TRICARE website at http://www.tricare.mil for more

ESI has mailed information or contacted beneficiaries who use Walgreens by
telephone, and in December, they followed up with reminder letters.

If needed, beneficiaries can take current prescription bottles to a new network
pharmacy to have prescriptions transferred.

Beneficiaries who need help finding a pharmacy or changing their medications to
home delivery, or who have other questions, can contact Express Scripts at

SOURCE:  DoD News Release ay

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