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Petco, Express Scripts Partner on Pet Medication Home Delivery

Pet medicine represents an $8B market.

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SAN DIEGO and ST. LOUIS — Petco and Express Scripts announced an alliance that will enable pet parents to order pet medicines to their home.

Pet parents spend more than $8 billion annually on prescription and over-the-counter medications for their animals, according to a press release from Petco. Petco now offers pet prescriptions and OTC medications via petco.com and petcoach.co for home delivery, all Powered by Express Scripts.

“Our commitment to helping pet parents take complete care of the pets they love is the core of everything we do at Petco,” said Brock Weatherup, chief innovation and digital experience officer for Petco.

“By leveraging the industry-leading technology and fulfillment processes Express Scripts already has in place, we’re able to offer pet parents an easier, more affordable, faster and more convenient way to get the medicines their pets need.”

Express Scripts states that with its automated pharmacy technology, it can dispense more than 100 million human prescriptions each year – about 275,000 per day – at 99.9 percent accuracy. Tamper-proof packaging and sophisticated weather algorithms help ensure medications arrive safely. Earlier this year, the company introduced the Inside Rx Pets (SM) discount card, which offers pet parents an average savings of 75 percent off generic and up to 15 percent off brand name pet medications.

“Working with Petco is another step forward for Express Scripts in providing better care, cost and convenience to millions of Americans, many of whom are also pet parents,” said Wendy Barnes, vice president and general manager, consumer solutions, Express Scripts. “By combining Petco’s history, expertise and extensive reach in pet retail with our innovative home delivery capabilities, we’re transforming the pet medicine industry and making access to critical pet medicines convenient and affordable for more pet parents than ever before.”

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