A Powerful Alliance

By joining forces with Walgreens, we created a breakthrough model that improves health outcomes and reduces costs — an industry game-changer.


Aligned to transform the industry

Together, Prime and Walgreens are going beyond business as usual. Our powerful collaboration brings together the pharmacy (Walgreens), pharmacy benefit manager (Prime) and health plans (Prime clients). It’s a visionary model designed to deliver value for both plan sponsors and members.


We started with two small words: What if?

Our collaboration was born from a series of questions. What if a big change could lower costs and improve care? What if doing things differently helped us help more people? What if we could make the system work better for everyone?

Our close connection with Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plan clients already gave us an edge. Extending that partnership to include Walgreens — the second largest drugstore chain in the United States — was the key to creating a true game-changer.


Two parts, many benefits

Our partnership with Walgreens has two parts. It includes a 10-year agreement that makes Walgreens the core of our national retail network. And it creates AllianceRx Walgreens Prime, a new central specialty pharmacy and mail service company jointly owned by Prime and Walgreens.

Changing how pharmacy benefit management, pharmacy and health plans work together will result in:

  • Unmatched scale and purchasing power to help drive down the cost of drugs
  • A new level of alignment across the health care delivery system to close care gaps and improve outcomes
  • Limitless opportunities to elevate the member experience with innovative joint programs and product offerings

Delivering on our promise

Our retail agreement provides access to more than 8,100 Walgreens pharmacies. That includes more than 800 condition-specialized pharmacies and more than 250 local specialty pharmacies. Paired with AllianceRx Walgreens Prime, this powerful collaboration will deliver exceptional value.