Express Scripts to move from North Versailles, cut 55 of 140 pharmacists

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Express Scripts, the St. Louis-based company that processes prescription claims for UPMC Health Plan and others, has told employees at its North Versailles office that it wants to eliminate 55 of the local 140 pharmacist positions.

Spokesman Brian Henry said the company has asked for volunteers for the workforce reduction “across a few facilities nationwide, including North Versailles” where, he said, “the focus is on the approximately 140 pharmacists who work at our front-end pharmacy.”

He said the pharmacists have until Sunday to decide if they will leave.

The company, currently with about 700 employees, recently announced its intention to move its employees from North Versailles to North Huntingdon.

Earlier this week, Express Scripts reported a 12 percent drop in earnings for the first quarter of 2014, citing the severe winter and a lower prescription volume.

Steve Twedt: or 412-263-1963. First Published April 30, 2014 1:15 PM

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