With Medicare’s Annual Election Period (AEP) set to begin Oct. 15, Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) today announced it has more than doubled its preferred network relationships with national Medicare Part D plan sponsors for 2015 and will be a part of preferred networks for nine plan sponsors. The networks are designed to offer greater access to pharmacy services and cost savings opportunities. “The Medicare population is growing rapidly, and by working closely with plan sponsors as a part of preferred pharmacy networks, we’re uniquely positioned to help meet the prescription drug needs of America’s seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries,” said Kermit Crawford, Walgreens president of pharmacy, health and wellness. “With a higher prevalence of chronic disease in the U.S., along with the aging population, our pharmacists are playing an important role in health care, providing personalized care to help customers get, stay and live well.” Newly Announced for 2015 Walgreens will have preferred network relationships with six new Medicare Part D plan sponsors and PBMs who support them for 2015, including Express Scripts, which features Walgreens as the only national pharmacy chain in two of its prescription drug plans. Other new preferred network relationships for 2015 include: Renewed Preferred Networks Walgreens will continue to be a part of preferred pharmacy networks with three national Medicare Part D plan sponsors: www.walgreens.com/medicare. About Walgreens As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2014 sales of $76 billion, Walgreens ( www.walgreens.com ) vision is to be America’s most loved pharmacy-led health, wellbeing and beauty enterprise. Each day, in communities across America, more than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with online and mobile services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 8,207 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.
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