The pharmacy chain Express Pharmacy Inc. is launching a new online pharmacy benefit that will allow customers to purchase an unlimited number of the most common prescription drugs from a single address, the company announced Tuesday.
Express’ pharmacy benefit, available starting Monday, allows customers to pay $10 for the equivalent of a $5 drug in bulk.
The drug is available at a number of Express locations nationwide, including in the Chicago area and the New York City area.
Express CEO Brian Miller said the drug benefit will offer the company’s customers a lower price point for its prescription drugs.
The pharmacy benefit is part of a growing trend that has seen some of the nation’s largest pharmacy chains offering drug discounts to lower-income customers, who are increasingly struggling to pay the soaring prices of prescription drugs that have made them more expensive than in years past.
The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is set to take effect Jan. 1, allowing all Americans to get health insurance coverage through an online marketplace.
That’s set to create the first large-scale national health insurance marketplace for the millions of Americans who are struggling to afford their own insurance plans, but can’t get the drugs they need because they are unaffordable.
In recent months, Express has started offering its pharmacy benefit online at a handful of locations in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.
Miller said Express is currently rolling out the benefit to more than 1,100 locations in the U.S. and Canada.
He said Express will continue to roll out the drug plan through its existing network, including through the new online service.
Express is a specialty pharmacy chain that operates more than 3,000 locations, including a chain in Los Angeles, and operates the Express Pharmacists Club, a membership-only network.
Miller is a vice president at the consulting firm Cushman & Frierson.
Express offers more than 50 prescription drugs, including an oral allergy medication called Cetaphil.
The pharmacy benefit will be available at its stores and at Express pharmacies nationwide, according to Express CEO Brian W. Miller.
Express pharmacy benefit: www.expresspharmacy.com/pharmaceuticals/health-insurance-plan-drugs/source The Washington Post article