Humana will open pharmacy service center in Irving

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Health insurer Humana plans to open a mail-order prescription service facility in Irving that could employ more than 600 people within three years, the big health insurer said Wednesday.

William Fleming, president of Humana Pharmacy Solutions, said the facility, at 2001 W. John Carpenter Freeway, will receive and review prescriptions from Humana customers nationwide. Those prescriptions will be filled and mailed from its mail-order pharmacies in Phoenix and Cincinnati, Fleming said.

Insurers and pharmacy benefit management companies commonly use mail-order pharmacies to save money on drugs. They are typically used for “maintenance” medications, which are taken and refilled on a regular basis.

Express Scripts, the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit management company, operates a mail-order pharmacy in Fort Worth’s CentrePort Business Park that it acquired when it merged in 2011 with Medco Health Solutions.

Humana said its RightSource pharmacy service facility will include a call center and support operation serving about 1.5 million people who filled nearly 20 million prescriptions last year. The company will hire pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, customer service personnel and data entry clerks.

Humana said it will build out all three floors of an existing structure at the Irving site to accommodate its office and work spaces. Fleming said the company expects to begin hiring about October and should have 100 to 200 employees by year’s end.

The company said that within three years, it expects more than 620 people to work there. Those positions, along with existing jobs at subsidiaries Concentra and LifeSynch, would give Humana more than 2,500 employees in North Texas, the company said.

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