Great-West Life and Shoppers Drug Mart announce new health support programs for Great-West Life clients

 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  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 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  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 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  To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL:  CO: Great-West Life Assurance Company ST: Ontario NI: RET INS HEA