MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 25, 2012 /CNW/ - Express Scripts Canada, one of the largest providers of health benefits management services in Canada, today announced that the application for a license to operate a pharmacy in the Province of British Columbia by Express Scripts Pharmacy West Ltd. has been granted by the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia.
The license is effective immediately.
The pharmacy, which is located in Burnaby, east of Vancouver, is now open to serve plan members in British Columbia and Alberta. It is an integral component of Express Scripts Canada's expanded pharmacy benefit management (PBM) service, which includes home delivery of maintenance prescription medications from an Express Scripts Canada Pharmacy. The PBM service is designed to enable plan sponsors to more effectively and efficiently manage prescription drug benefits provided to plan members.
Express Scripts Canada's expanded PBM service, which can be added by companies and organizations without changing insurance carriers, applies behavioral sciences to health-care decision-making to more effectively help manage benefit costs and improve health outcomes. Plan members, with the support of their physicians, will interact with a team of qualified professionals at Express Scripts Canada to learn about their maintenance medication alternatives so that they can make more informed choices. The result will be decisions that promote improved health outcomes, while often reducing costs for both the member and the member's plan sponsor.
Working in conjunction with the expanded PBM service, this new Express Scripts Canada Pharmacy will facilitate the dispensing and delivery of prescription drugs to treat ongoing medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The prescription is subsequently delivered, via free standard shipping, to patients' homes or to the address they designate.
A skilled team of pharmacists and pharmacy assistants verify the clinical quality of those prescriptions filled. Patients of the new British Columbia pharmacy, which is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT, will have access to pharmacists to answer questions about their medications.
Express Scripts Canada expects to open additional affiliated pharmacies in other provinces in 2012 to provide service to plan members throughout the country.
For more information about Express Scripts Canada's pharmacy benefit management service and home delivery pharmacy, go to www.express-scripts.ca.
About Express Scripts Canada
Express Scripts Canada, a registered business name of ESI Canada, an Ontario partnership indirectly owned by Express Scripts, is one of Canada's leading providers of health benefits management services. From its corporate headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario, just outside Toronto, Express Scripts Canada provides a full range of integrated pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services to insurers, third-party administrators, plan sponsors and the public sector, including health-claims adjudication and processing services, Home Delivery Pharmacy Services, benefit-design consultation, drug-utilization review, formulary management, and medical and drug-data analysis services, to better facilitate the best possible health outcomes at the lowest possible cost. For more information about Express Scripts Canada, visit its Web site at www.express-scripts.ca.
About Express Scripts
Express Scripts is leading the way toward creating better health and value for patients through Consumerology®, the advanced application of the behavioral sciences to health care. This approach is helping millions of members realize greater health-care outcomes and lowering cost by assisting in influencing their behavior.
Headquartered in St. Louis, Express Scripts provides integrated PBM services, including network-pharmacy claims processing, home delivery services, specialty benefit management, benefit-design consultation, drug-utilization review, formulary management, and medical and drug data analysis services. The Company also distributes a full range of biopharmaceutical products and provides extensive cost-management and patient-care services.
More information can be found at http://www.express-scripts.com.
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