New Prescription Pricing Tool to Help Members Comparison Shop & Save

BLOOMFIELD, Conn., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today Cigna (NYSE: CI) launched a new version of its industry-leading online Prescription Drug Price Quote tool that now offers Cigna Pharmacy members real-time, plan-specific cost comparisons for generic, brand name and available therapeutic alternative medications at 57,000 pharmacies nationwide, as well as Cigna Tel-Drug home delivery pharmacy, and highlights savings opportunities based on the member's benefit plan.

Key features include:
-- True member-cost displayed: Rather than relying on national average
or regional discount information on retail pharmacy prices, the tool
displays side-by-side comparisons of exactly what members would pay
for brand named medications, available generics and low cost
therapeutic options at any of 57,000 local pharmacies based on their
benefit plan, as well as the total cost of each medication.

-- Member-specific information: The tool provides pricing specific to
the member using their benefit information including copays,
coinsurance, deductibles, plan maximums and specific drug coverages.
Special alerts are displayed for medications such as those that
require prior authorizations, quantity limits or other clinical and
safety issues such as potential drug interaction.

-- A new "Perspectives" message section: This feature is customized to
the member's searched medication and provides targeted health messages
and links that highlight clinical information as well as tips
regarding generic and therapeutic alternatives.

"An engaged consumer is the most valuable asset to his or her health," explains Eric Elliott, president, Cigna Pharmacy Management. "The Prescription Drug Price Quote Tool, available on the My Plans -- Pharmacy page of, assists consumers with the many choices available to them. It is another example of Cigna's commitment to better care at lower costs and empowering consumers to make better health care decisions."

Prescription Drug Price Quote web page is powered using Cigna Pharmacy Management plan and pricing data and DestinationRx therapeutic logic. The web page uses Google mapping to help Cigna Pharmacy members locate the nearest contracted pharmacies.

The price quote comparison tool is the latest in an arsenal of tools on that enable Cigna members to better understand their drug treatment options and have more informed discussions with their physicians about medications and their associated costs. The other pharmacy online tools include:

-- Cigna Tel-Drug Home Delivery: Enables members to submit requests for
refills of prescriptions, request a price quote, and verify the status
of an order.

-- Prescription Claims Search: Allows members to track their pharmacy
prescription claims including both their out-of-pocket and plan costs.

-- Cigna Prescription Drug List and My Prescription Drug Benefits: Offers
members access to the list of Cigna covered medications and their
Cigna pharmacy benefit coverage before visiting the doctor. Members
and physicians are then better able to determine which medication
might be appropriate based on benefit plan design and clinical needs.

Cigna HealthCare members wishing to join the millions who have registered for their own personal health care Website, may visit Members of the media who want a demonstration of should contact

About Cigna's Health Services Organizations

Cigna HealthCare, based in Bloomfield, CT, provides medical benefits plans, dental coverage, behavioral health coverage, pharmacy benefits and products and services that integrate and analyze information to support consumerism and health advocacy. "Cigna HealthCare" is a registered service mark of Cigna Intellectual Property, Inc., licensed for use by Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) and its operating subsidiaries, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company. Products and services are provided by such operating subsidiaries, and not by Cigna Corporation. For more information, visit

Cigna Pharmacy Management employs a consultative approach to help plan sponsors design pharmacy benefit plans that achieve lower net costs while providing industry-leading pharmacy clinical programs to help improve the health outcomes of their members. Cigna Pharmacy Management refers to various operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI). Products and services are provided by these subsidiaries and not by Cigna Corporation. These subsidiaries include Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Tel-Drug, Inc., Tel-Drug of Pennsylvania, L.L.C., and HMO or service company subsidiaries of Cigna Health Corporation..

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SOURCE: Cigna Healthcare

CONTACT: Joseph Mondy of Cigna Healthcare, +1-860-226-5499,

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