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OptumRx, UnitedHealth Group’s free-standing pharmacy care services business, and Catamaran Corporation, a leading provider of pharmacy benefit management (“PBM”) services and technology solutions, recently announced that they have agreed to combine.
The combined company is expected to deliver an innovative and compelling consumer and payer services offering that will link demographic, lab, pharmaceutical, behavioral and medical treatment data to engage individuals to make better decisions as they seek the best, most effective care and improve compliance with pharmaceutical use and care protocols.
OptumRx’s approach connects pharmacy and care management systems, processes and teams for higher quality, more consistent and compliant patient outcomes and savings for individuals and plan sponsors. This synchronization presents the entire patient health profile, rather than discrete pieces of an individual’s profile – a distinctive and critically important capability given the growth in U.S. spending on specialty pharmaceuticals.
Catamaran offers retail pharmacy network management, mail service pharmacy, pharmacy claims management and patient-centric specialty pharmacy services to a broad client base, including health plans and employers, as well as health care information technology solutions to the industry.
Enhanced purchasing and administrative improvements are expected to drive substantial value, with the majority of savings expected to directly benefit clients and individuals through reduced costs for prescriptions and enhanced pharmaceutical services.