Pharmacy benefits companies build up workforces in Minnesota and Kansas

Two companies that specialize in pharmacy benefits management (PBM) have announced expansion plans in the Midwest.

In Minnesota, Prime Therapeutics is expanding its headquarters in Eagan, a move that is expected to create 300 new information technology and business analyst jobs, according to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.

Prime Therapeutics was originally launched as the pharmacy department of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. The company is now owned by 12 Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans nationally and has eight other offices in the U.S.

In Kansas, OptimRX, a UnitedHealth Group company, will expand operations at its Overland Park facility. The company, formerly known as Prescription Solutions, said it will add more than 600 new customer and mail service jobs over the next 18 months.

Larry C. Renfro, executive vice president of UnitedHealth, said the job search will be far reaching.

"This is our flagship operation, featuring the latest technology and capable of processing more than 100,000 mail service prescriptions per day, about double what we currently handle at our Overland Park facility," Renfro stressed. "We are adding employees in virtually every position from entry level to highly experienced, from shipper to pharmacist."