OptumRx and CVS Pharmacy Partner to Expand Consumer Choice, Reduce Costs and Improve Health Outcomes


OptumRx and CVS Pharmacy have entered into a strategic relationship in an effort to bring together complementary capabilities to provide greater convenience and value.


CHICAGO and WOONSOCKET, R.I., Nov. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- OptumRx and CVS Pharmacy are partnering to provide more convenient choices and lower costs for consumers and clients while improving health outcomes. OptumRx is UnitedHealth Group's (NYSE: UNH) free-standing pharmacy care services business, managing more than one billion prescriptions annually. CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America's leading retail pharmacy, with more than 9,600 retail pharmacies across the nation.

The strategic relationship will bring together complementary capabilities to provide greater convenience and value. Together, the two companies will offer employers a new pharmacy network solution that:

  • Provides eligible OptumRx members the option to fill 90-day prescriptions at prices equal to home delivery copay levels at CVS locations nationwide or through OptumRx home delivery;
  • Increases consumer engagement and improves health outcomes through the combination of OptumRx's leading pharmacy and clinical solutions with CVS Pharmacy's leading in-store health and wellness capabilities;
  • Enables OptumRx and CVS Pharmacy to leverage a shared pharmacy platform to develop new pharmacy and health solutions for clients and consumers.

"Our new strategic relationship with CVS Pharmacy will benefit our clients and consumers by improving access to medications, driving better health outcomes, and reducing costs," said Mark Thierer, chief executive officer of OptumRx. "By deepening our relationship, we can develop innovations that further modernize and enhance pharmacy care."

Further expanding OptumRx's full range of network offerings, this joint pharmacy offering provides a platform for Optum and CVS Pharmacy to bring together capabilities and systems to build new combined pharmacy, health and wellness programs. Optum's long-term business relationship with CVS Pharmacy as traditional pharmacy network partners ensures this new pharmacy solution will quickly benefit consumers and clients, improving health outcomes and lowering costs beyond the pharmacy.

"We are very pleased to announce that we will be partnering with OptumRx, which will allow us to explore innovative ways of helping patients on their path to better health," said Helena Foulkes, president of CVS Pharmacy. "This strategic relationship will enhance patients' access to care, lower costs, and improve health outcomes through our unmatched clinical capabilities delivered by our 27,000 retail pharmacists nationwide."

OptumRx and CVS expect the new 90-day pharmacy solution to be available to OptumRx commercial clients implementing new 90-day prescription benefit designs, beginning July 1, 2017.

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