Express Scripts to shutter distribution facility, lay off 456 employees

Express Scripts, the pharmacy benefits manager based in St. Louis County, plans to close a facility in Columbus, Ohio, and cut 456 jobs, according to a notice filed Tuesday.

The positions eliminated at the facility, which handles mail order distribution of pharmaceuticals, include 97 pharmacists and a number of technicians.

News of the cuts comes one month after health insurer Cigna announced its plan to acquire Express Scripts, the largest pharmacy benefits manager, for $67 billion.

Cigna said at the time that it envisioned $600 million in administrative efficiencies from the deal, which prompted immediate concerns about job cuts.

Read more: St. Louis Business Journal


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