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 
"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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CO: Great-West Life Assurance Company
ST: Ontario
-0- Mar/27/2013 13:30 GMT
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