Building Purposeful Pharmacy Networks

PBMs build networks of pharmacies to provide consumers convenient access to prescriptions at discounted rates

Across the U.S., there are four types of pharmacies: (1) chain pharmacies, (2) regional pharmacies, including grocers and large consumer goods retailers; (3) independent pharmacies, of which a majority contract with pharmacy services administrative organizations (PSAOs) owned by large wholesalers; and (4) mail-order and online pharmacies, commonly known as home delivery.

PBMs also monitor prescription safety across all of the network pharmacies – including alerting pharmacists to potential drug interactions – even if a consumer uses multiple pharmacies.

Express Scripts partners with pharmacies to drive savings and access for consumers

Express Scripts works to make sure that every consumer has convenient access to medicines at the lowest available cost. Clients choose the networks that work best for them and the unique needs of their employees and populations based on geography, demographics and other key factors. 

Express Scripts works to create flexible pharmacy network options – from large chain pharmacies to regional pharmacies to independent pharmacies and home delivery – that help ensure members can easily access the medications they need, when and where it’s most convenient. 

Express Scripts’ pharmacy network reaches communities across the U.S.

National network of nearly 64,000 pharmacies

Home delivery options in all 50 states

Nearly every member has an in-network retail pharmacy within a 15-minute drive of their home

Pharmacies are offered competitive rates, and we contract with retail and home delivery – for both traditional and specialty medications – to ensure robust network coverage. Clients also have flexibility with how they pay for prescriptions dispensed to their members, including through a spread pricing model option.

Patient safety first – always

Fostering independent pharmacy growth

In addition, the initiative creates an Independent Pharmacy Advisory Committee to expand the role of rural, suburban and urban pharmacies in the health care system across the U.S. 

Express Scripts Supports Rural Pharmacists

  • Our IndependentRx makes it easier for independently-owned, rural pharmacies to offer much-needed services like vaccinations, lifestyle counseling and behavioral health screenings.
  • Increases reimbursements paid to rural pharmacies for the essential services they provide today and well into the future.
  • Establishing the industry’s first Independent Pharmacy Advisory Committee to help pharmacies everywhere better support underserved communities.

Meeting our patients where they are