Magazine article Drug Topics

Eagle Managed Care: A Wrong Way and a Rite Aid Way

Magazine article Drug Topics

Eagle Managed Care: A Wrong Way and a Rite Aid Way

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Representing a drive within drugstore chains to deal with the challenge of managed care on their own terms, Eagle Managed Care is the name of the PBM owned by the Rite Aid Corp. drug chain, Shiremanstown, Pa.

As described by Joel Feldman, executive v.p., Eagle has 35,000 pharmacies in its nationwide network, including Rite Aid's own 2,700 units spread out among 23 states.

Eagle has 1.5 million to two million covered lives, including about one million full-service covered lives, he said. The PBM offers clients a self-managed formulary, its own sophisticated claims-processing capabilities, and various DUR services. Eagle is also able to offer capitated contracts to clients.

Earlier this year, Rite Aid bought Intell Rx, which Feldman described as a "clinical/pharmaceutical care coordination company." Intell has its own staff of pharmacists, who interact with physicians regarding their patients, to provide them with more cost-effective drug therapies.

Intell Rx's activities represent an approach to disease management that is more broad scale than the specific-disease management approach taken by other PBMs, he argued. …

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