News : Express Scripts to Lay Off 566 in Fort Worth, Irving
May 5, 2014 -- Express Scripts Inc., a pharmacy benefit manager, plans to lay off more than 560 employees in its offices in Fort Worth and Irving, including nearly 150 high-paying pharmacist positions, according to a letter filed with the Texas Workforce Commission.
The layoffs are among the largest in North Texas this year as the company closes its operations in both cities, Brian Henry, vice president of corporate communication, told the Dallas Business Journal.
Some 418 of the layoffs will be at Express Script’s pharmacy at 15001 Trinity Blvd. in Fort Worth. A projected 148 of those to be laid off in Fort Worth are pharmacists, 85 are technicians, 54 are order entry specialists, 49 are pharmacy service representatives, and most of the rest are data entry, copay management, supervisory and caller support positions, according to the April 29 letter to the workforce commission signed by Tom Pierce, vice president of Employee and Labor Relations.
Another 148 employees at Express Scripts’ contact center at 8111 Royal Ridge in Irving will get pink slips, the company’s letter to the workforce commission says.
The layoffs at both locations will occur on or near June 29.
St. Louis-based Express Scripts acts as an intermediary between pharmaceutical companies and patients, filling prescriptions on behalf of clients which include health insurers, employers, workers compensation plans and government health programs, then mailing medications to patients.
"We’ve been evaluating our site footprint since our merger a little more than two years ago with Medco," Henry said. "The other part of it is, our claims volume is lower than last year because of the exit of United Health Group."
"As you look at the resources we have across the country, there were some places where the network can be met more efficiently, and that was part of the decision there in Texas," Henry said.
"By consolidating our facilities we were able to reduce costs in order to improve the value we provide to our clients and members," he said.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Express Scripts Canada, a registered business name of both ESI Canada and Express Scripts Canada Services, each an Ontario partnership indirectly controlled by Express Scripts, Inc., is one of Canada's leading providers of health benefits management services. From its corporate headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario, just outside Toronto, Express Scripts Canada provides a full range of integrated pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services to insurers, third-party administrators, plan sponsors and the public sector, including health-claims adjudication and processing services, etc.
Published: Tuesday, May 6, 2014