Certain medications and medical conditions coincide with lessened nutrient availability.
We will be reviewing and making general recommendations as well as recommending products. It will be an ongoing project and we appreciate your feedback or suggestions for additions to this list, please use the contact form below.
As part of the recent ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ we can report the following improved access to vaccines”
Starting in 2023, people with Medicare Part D drug coverage will pay nothing out-of-pocket for even more vaccines, including the shingles vaccine, that are recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.1
Shingrix, the shingles vaccine, is one that is expensive and many plans didn’t fully cover. As of Jan 1, it goes to $0.
Many people will also be interested in Boostrix (Tdap) as that also often left out-of-pocket costs.
As always, we are proud of being your Most Convenient Vaccination Destination. Please come in any time and we can administer your vaccine. If possible please complete the intake form in advance, https://islanddrug.com/vaccine
If you or someone you know wants be part of a dynamic team working hard to serve their community, apply today (either below or at https://islanddrug.com/apply ). We have openings for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy assistants, and an administrative assistant. Full or part time.
This video is a preview of the team you are joining:
AS OF 1/15/2023 ALL STORES TRICARE CLAIMS ARE PROCESSING NORMALLY ONLINE. We are happy to welcome back those who were inconvenienced by this unwarranted service interruption. Simply click here to transfer your prescriptions back or have your doc send new ones over.
Well, that’s the way we see it.
Below is the back story — TRICARE moved to shrink its network disproportionately removing the ability for beneficiaries to choose local independent pharmacies.
Clinton and La Conner cannot process rx claims.
Our Oak Harbor location still has a contract that is processing claims though.
So, we will continue servicing vaccines and medications for TRICARE.
We will deliver Rx’s for Clinton and La Conner for pickup from Oak Harbor (this may take an extra day or so to arrive at the remote store).
VACCINES: we will still administer vaccines for TRICARE beneficiaries at all three locations.
We will post updates here as they become available.
Many TRICARE beneficiaries have received letters like this.
How does this impact our region? A picture is worth a thousand words…
These are all the TRICARE addresses we proudly served since Jan ’21.
It is also an understatement as many of the vaccine only patients present Medicare cards, so those aren’t in this data set.
Why Did TRICARE Make These Changes?
Recently, the Department of Defense awarded a $4 billion contract to Express Scripts (to manage the prescription benefit) and at the same time reduced the size of the retail pharmacy network.
The Federal government has demanded a 33% reduction in its pharmacy network. Department of Defense leadership instructed Express Scripts to eliminate over 15,000 pharmacies from its current network.
Pharmacies directly contracted with Express Scripts were purposely not offered participation in this network for 2023. It is beyond unconscionable for the federal government to target community pharmacies in this severe restriction of provider access. This is a gross misuse of federal tax dollars paid by the very businesses being excluded.
This action will take pharmacy choice away from you, and from millions of other active and retired military and their families.
What are we doing
We are actively engaged with Senator Murray and Congressman Larsen’s office. They are working to gather information and see what can be done.
Senator Cantwell’s office has not replied (unfortunately).
UPDATE, here is a letter Congressman Larsen signed on to, waiting for Murray/Cantwell
Submit a complaint about your pharmacy of choice being excluded from the TRICARE network by calling 1-877-363-1303 or sending an email to DOD.email@example.com. Also mail a hardcopy of your complaint directly to: Defense Health Agency Pharmaceutical Operations Directorate 7700 Arlington Boulevard, Suite 5101 Falls Church, VA 22042-5101
Contact your U.S. senators and representative. Look up their contact information here:
Share your story on social media, tagging @MilitaryHealth, @TRICARE, and @ExpressScripts in your posts.
Submit a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.
Please do not take any action on these notices at this time. As we are actively trying to achieve a resolution.
To be safe, if you are looking to get a COVID shot or any other vaccine, and only have TRICARE insurance, please come in before Oct 24 just in case there is a brief interruption.
We will have an update before the Oct 24 date. We have a backup plan in place to keep offering TRICARE beneficiaries the same access to generic medications here if there is an interruption.
Our company has been serving those who serve for decades. In fact, this achievement was so noteworthy to our former owner, it was in his obituary:
“In 1986, Bill bought Island Drug in Oak Harbor, Wash. He added a number of innovative services, including a drive-up window, prescription delivery, nursing home consulting, compounding and homemade fudge. His was the first pharmacy on Whidbey Island to accept Champus Military Insurance, which was greatly appreciated by the families of the military personnel stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.“https://whidbeyweekly.com/obituaries/william-richard-bulpin/
Express Scripts is contracted by DHA (Defense Health Agency). We are a sub-contractor of Express Scripts as they process electronic prescription claims, but they also compete against us by offering mail order services. But on a different playing field as the pricing to beneficiaries is vastly skewed in favor of mail. The playing field is set by the DHA contract.
Our message to DHA is two fold:
Our role in the community is established after decades, and most recently in the vaccine rollout. Can you imagine if everyone but TRICARE beneficiaries were allowed to get vaccinated with us, the most accessible COVID vaccine site north of Seattle? This is a pic of just one week of vaccines provided during Spring 2021
DHA should follow the message on the official @POTUS twitter account and NOTexploit community pharmacies. Rather, allow true competition and don’t force beneficiaries out of the local community and into certain national companies. TRICARE beneficiaries should hold the decision making authority on where they choose to access prescription benefits — on an even playing field.
Here is a video recap of the role we play locally.
A recent JAMA article concludes “pharmacy closures are associated with persistent, clinically significant declines in adherence to cardiovascular medications among older adults in the United States”.
Back to Camano.
We just hired a pharmacist at our La Conner location. She happens to live in Camano, not too far from the old pharmacy there. Robin asked if she could help deliver our services locally.
Starting Saturday, Feb 26th, Robin will personally deliver prescriptions filled from our La Conner location to a mutual pickup point at the IGA store in Camano Plaza (directions/map here). We are starting with twice a week, two hour windows, Tuesdays and alternating Friday/Saturday. As demand increases, we will work to expand days and hours.
To participate in our new Camano Service, a simple two step is all it takes: