Express Scripts and MedAvail to expand pilot program in Phoenix and Tucson

Express Scripts and MedAvail are piloting a collaborative program in Phoenix and Tucson that aims to increase access to critical and daily medications. Particularly geared toward uninsured and underinsured populations, the program will expand the presence of MedAvail’s automated pharmacy system in the two cities.

MedAvail is a leading pharmacy-technology company. Its mobile-enabled self-service pharmacy kiosk, MedCenterä, allows patients to fill prescriptions at their own convenience, under the supervision of a professional pharmacist. Ultimately, the automated prescription centers aim to drive down the cost of filling a prescription and increase accessibility and ease. MedCenter is equipped to safely and accurately dispense chronic, acute and over-the-counter medicines. This technology provides 24/7 access to broad pharmaceutical consultation via video communication built into the kiosk, as well as through its associated mobile app.

Express Scripts’ strategic investment in MedAvail advances its mission of streamlining healthcare delivery processes and positively innovating the healthcare system.

“Technology — and a culture shift — allow us the opportunity to evolve and simplify healthcare services to better accommodate our busy schedules, which in turn can lead to better adherence and outcomes,” said Glen Stettin, M.D., Chief Innovation Officer at Express Scripts. “Through our work with MedAvail’s prescription dispensing technology, we are examining how MedCenter™, MedAvail’s self-service, pharmacist-supported, kiosk pharmacies can provide patients with safe and cost-effective pharmacy care close to where they live, work or get their medical care.”

There are already six MedCenters operating in grocery stores, pharmacies and medical clinics in Phoenix and Tucson, with 15 total to be deployed before the end of the year. Express Scripts members and customers of Inside Rx, a program that discounts the cost of medications to people who are uninsured or underinsured, can choose to fill their prescriptions at any MedCenter.

“There is a tremendous demand for this type of technological solution to enhance the pharmacy experience, and Express Scripts’ forward-thinking approach makes it an excellent partner in bringing anywhere, anytime pharmacy to millions of Americans,” said Ed Kilroy, CEO of MedAvail Technologies.

Ava Montoya

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