|WellPoint Opens State-of-the-Art Specialty Pharmacy in Indianapolis|
Corporate Expansion Will Provide Enhanced Pharmacy Services for Members Nationwide
INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP), the nation's largest health benefits company, today announced the opening of its new PrecisionRx Specialty Solutions (PRxSS) pharmacy in Indianapolis, IN. The facility, which handles the most complex pharmaceuticals used by WellPoint's members, occupies approximately 126,000 square feet of space at the Indianapolis International Airport and consists of both a state-of-the-art automated facility for handling specialty pharmaceuticals and a national call center.
WellPoint has already filled more than 400 new jobs at the site-consisting of operations and medical staff, call center staff, intake staff, and nurses-and the company anticipates the number of new jobs to grow to 900 by the end of 2009.
"Specialty medications allow people with very complex conditions to lead better lives. However, these medications are very expensive. Our goal is to create a technologically advanced specialty pharmacy staffed with certified pharmacy technicians, registered nurses, and clinical pharmacists, so we can better manage both the quality and the cost of care for our members," said Angela F. Braly, president and CEO of WellPoint.
"Indiana is well on its way to becoming a life sciences capital," said Governor Mitch Daniels. "Our efforts to further develop this important sector of our economy are working thanks to industry leaders like WellPoint who continue to invest in Indiana and create jobs for hard-working Hoosiers."
"It is exciting to see the transformation of the former United Airlines facility to a world-class specialty pharmacy that serves the medical needs of people all across the country," Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson said. "This further enhances our reputation as a leader in the health care industry."
PrecisionRx Specialty Solutions' unique business model is designed to promote collaboration between physicians, pharmacists and patients to effectively manage a member's medication and condition. The medications handled by PrecisionRx are typically used for treating chronic diseases and often must be delivered through injection or infusion, requiring special handling including temperature-moderating containers. PrecisionRx handles over 1,000 drugs for fourteen diseases, including: Hemophilia, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, Hepatitis C, and Cancer.
"Today there are more innovative therapies to treat these very debilitating diseases," said Recie Bomar, vice president of Specialty Pharmacy at WellPoint. "Our ability to meet the special needs of these members is a testament to the advanced technology we have implemented and the personal care coordination we are able to provide."
Members who enroll in WellPoint's specialty pharmacy programs benefit from more education about their conditions and better access to medication assistance programs, leading to better medical outcomes. This is accomplished by providing one-on-one service and support from personal care coordinators,
ensuring members understand pharmaceutical treatments (including side effects and drug interactions) and coordination of patient-physician follow up visits.
WellPoint employment information is available at http://www.wellpoint.com/careers. More information about the benefits and services provided by PrecisionRx Specialty Solutions is available at www.precisionrxspecialtysolutions.com.
About WellPoint, Inc.
WellPoint's mission is to improve the lives of the people it serves and the health of its communities. WellPoint, Inc. is the largest health benefits company in terms of commercial membership in the United States. Through its nationwide networks, the company delivers a number of leading health benefit solutions through a broad portfolio of integrated health care plans and related services, along with a wide range of specialty products such as life and disability insurance benefits, pharmacy benefit management, dental, vision, behavioral health benefit services, as well as long term care insurance and flexible spending accounts. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, WellPoint is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and serves its members as the Blue Cross licensee for California; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee for Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield in 10 New York City metropolitan and surrounding counties and as Empire Blue Cross or Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield in selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.), Wisconsin; and through UniCare. Additional information about WellPoint is available at www.wellpoint.com.
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