Today’s Veterinary Business Staff
Nationwide pet insurance is inviting policyholders to have their veterinary prescriptions filled at one of the 4,700 U.S. pharmacies operated by Walmart.
The initiative, Nationwide Pet Rx Express, saves money and time, the company reported, when pet owners need commonly prescribed medications for chronic diseases and flea, tick and heartworm prevention.
“Preferred pricing and the opportunity to have claims for covered drugs processed at the counter of a major retail pharmacy is a first for the pet health insurance industry,” Nationwide stated.
Policyholders who visit my.petinsurance.com can register for the program and access a digital ID card.
“Partnering with Walmart to both lower costs and streamline the claims process at the pharmacy counter is a terrific example of innovating to meet our members’ needs,” said Mike Mahaffey, Nationwide’s chief strategy and corporate development officer.
Walmart dominates the mass merchandiser segment in the sale of pet products and is a growing presence in the veterinary channel. The company launched the pet drug website WalmartPetRx.com in 2019, hosts about 100 veterinary clinics, and in late 2020 announced both a partnership with Petplan for Walmart-branded pet insurance and an alliance with the pet services company Rover.
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