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Jewel-Osco eyes Express Scripts plan members
January 3rd, 2012
ITASCA, Ill. – Another Supervalu Inc. food and drug chain has made a pitch to Walgreens pharmacy customers with Express Scripts Inc. prescription drug benefit plans.
Jewel-Osco, which has 181 supermarkets in Illinois, Iowa and Indiana, said late last week that it's enhancing its pharmacy services to welcome patients with Express Scripts prescription coverage that will no longer be accepted by Walgreens as of Jan. 1.
"Many Express Scripts patients may be concerned that they will not have a pharmacy to fill their prescriptions at the start of the new year," Tom Rousonelos, vice president of pharmacy operations for Jewel-Osco, said in a statement. "We want these patients to know that we welcome the opportunity to serve them and that, with 173 pharmacies, Jewel-Osco has the resources to meet their needs."
Jewel-Osco said it's hiring additional associates to serve the new pharmacy customers and is urging Express Scripts customers to transfer their prescriptions to a nearby Jewel-Osco pharmacy as soon as possible for a smooth transition.
Also last week, Shop 'N Save announced it was welcoming Walgreens pharmacy customers covered by Express Scripts. Shop 'N Sav serves the St. Louis area and central Illinois with 34 pharmacies in 45 supermarkets.