TORONTO, March 27, 2013 /CNW/ - With the prevalence of chronic disease
conditions on the rise, Great-West Life and Shoppers Drug Mart have
entered into an agreement to introduce two new health support programs
for Great-West Life clients.
Through the new agreement, participating Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacists
will offer a diabetes support program for eligible Great-West Life plan
members who are living with diabetes, as well as a comprehensive
medication counselling program for eligible Great-West Life plan
members who are taking one of the specific maintenance medications.
"As a leading insurer, we know plan members want more support from their
employer and plan provider than simply paying their claims," says Brad
Fedorchuk Vice-President, Group Marketing for Great-West Life.
"Increasingly, what they're asking for is help in managing their
health, and that is not accomplished through medications alone.
Great-West Life recognizes the value Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacists can
bring and the role of pharmacists in supporting positive health
outcomes on behalf of plan members and plan sponsors. As Canada's
largest pharmacy chain, Shoppers Drug Mart is able to deliver these
health support programs on a national basis. The Shoppers Drug Mart
store network, which is open and accessible seven days a week,
including more than 1,125 participating pharmacies, offers more
potential points of access than any other pharmacy services provider in
The diabetes support program was developed to provide Great-West Life
plan members, who are living with diabetes, the opportunity to connect
with a participating Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist trained in diabetes
management. Additionally, plan members will have access to more than
450 Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacists who are Certified Diabetes
Educators. The diabetes support program will include A1C testing,
medication therapy recommendations and lifestyle management
The medication counselling program encourages plan member medication
cost awareness and medication adherence for better health outcomes,
while reducing drug plan costs to the plan sponsor. Both health support
programs are multi-year and are intended to be of a long-term nature.
The programs build upon the pharmaceutical knowledge and counseling
expertise of Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacists to provide extended support
to Great-West Life plan members on a completely voluntary basis, at no
cost to plan members or their benefits plans.
"This agreement demonstrates and accelerates the expanded role that
pharmacists perform in helping patients better manage their health and
utilizes pharmacists' knowledge and trusted patient relationships,"
says Dr. Dorian Lo, Executive Vice-President, Pharmacy & Healthcare for
Shoppers Drug Mart. "Through this agreement, we are furthering our
commitment to help payers improve the health of their plan members,
while also effectively managing rising health care costs."
Great-West Life is a leader in innovative drug plan management
solutions. Through the new agreement with Shoppers Drug Mart, the
diabetes support program will initially be made available to
approximately 120,000 Great-West Life plan members and the medications
counselling program will be made available to approximately 15,000
Great-West Life plan members.
About Great-West Life
Founded in Winnipeg in 1891, Great-West Life has long been a leader in
the group benefits marketplace. The company has established this
position over many decades, through its commitment to superior customer
service and through a comprehensive selection of cost-effective
Great-West Life offers effective benefit solutions for employee groups
of any size. The company serves the needs of more than 32,000 plan
sponsors and their plan members, and handles approximately 50 million
group health and dental claims transactions for its plan members and
their dependents each year.
About Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation
Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation is one of the most recognized and trusted
names in Canadian retailing. The Company is the licensor of
full-service retail drug stores operating under the name Shoppers Drug
Mart (Pharmaprix in Québec). With more than 1,245 Shoppers Drug Mart
and Pharmaprix stores operating in prime locations in each province and
two territories, the Company is one of the most convenient retailers in
Canada. The Company also licenses or owns 55 medical clinic pharmacies
operating under the name Shoppers Simply Pharmacy (Pharmaprix
Simplement Santé in Québec) and six luxury beauty destinations
operating as Murale. As well, the Company owns and operates 62
Shoppers Home Health Care stores, making it the largest Canadian
retailer of home health care products and services. In addition to its
retail store network, the Company owns Shoppers Drug Mart Specialty
Health Network Inc., a provider of specialty drug distribution,
pharmacy and comprehensive patient support services, and MediSystem
Technologies Inc., a provider of pharmaceutical products and services
to long-term care facilities.
SOURCE: Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation
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