I finally got through to a live body, who knew no more then what was prepared for her to respond to a set of anticipated questions. Bottom line she said that Walgreens walked away from negotiations. Here is what Walgreens says at their website www.ichoosewalgreens.com
Express Scripts insisted on being able to unilaterally define contract terms, including what does and does not constitute a brand and generic drug, which would have denied Walgreens the predictability necessary to reliably plan its business operations going forward.
Express Scripts rejected Walgreens request to be informed in advance if Express Scripts intended to add or transfer a prescription drug plan to a different Express Scripts pharmacy network, and to provide patients with equal access to Walgreens retail pharmacies. Walgreens cannot reliably plan business operations without clear terms, transparency and predictability governing the provider network relationship
I'm sure we'll survive, but the inconvience will be a real PITA. I know there are Walmarts everywhere there are Walgreens but the quality of service in my experiances with Walmart are really lacking.