Great-West Life and Shoppers Drug Mart announce new health support programs
for Great-West Life clients
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
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 country."
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 counselling.
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
"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 benefits plans.
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.
Media Contact: Tammy Smitham Vice President, Communications & Corporate
Affairs Shoppers Drug Mart (416) 490-2892 Media contact:
Marlene Klassen Assistant Vice-President, Communication Services Great-West
Life (204) 946-7705
SOURCE: Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation
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