an independent pharmacy benefit manager that puts clients and consumers
first, today announced that Steven G. Avey, MS, RPh, FAMCP, has been
awarded the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) Foundation’s most
prestigious award, honoring his work to reduce costs and improve health
outcomes through pharmacy benefit management.
The award was presented on March 27 during AMCP’s
Annual Meeting in San Diego, California.
“I am humbled to receive this award,” said Avey, Vice President of
Specialty Services at MedImpact. “This would not have been possible
without an entire team of talented people who have committed their
careers to improving healthcare. To me, this award goes to them.”
Avey served in leadership roles at AMCP from 1998 to 2005. During that
time, Avey, working with a dedicated team, developed innovative
guidelines for assessing whether new medications should be included in
drug formularies. Within five years, he and the team’s groundbreaking
approach was adopted by health plans, government agencies and programs,
pharmaceutical companies and other industry stakeholders. His work in
this area helped to transform formulary management, reducing drug costs
and improving care for consumers.
“Steve has long been a guiding light in managed care pharmacy,” says Paula
J. Eichenbrenner, MBA, CAE, Executive Director of the AMCP
Foundation. “We can think of few people who have had as profound an
impact on the industry, and we are thrilled to present this award to
For the past six years, Avey has been a leader at MedImpact, helping the
company develop innovative approaches to managing specialty pharmacy
programs that people with the most costly and complex chronic conditions
rely on every day. He continues to be an active member of AMCP.
“Those of us who have had the privilege of working with Steve understand
that his passion really isn’t for formularies or managing benefits —
it’s for improving the lives of people,” said Greg
Watanabe, President and Chief Operating Officer. “He has never
forgotten what is truly important, and he is a role model for all of us.”
MedImpact is the PBM that puts clients and consumers first. For more
than 30 years, it has had a single mission: To make pharmacy benefits
affordable, understandable, and honest. Today, MedImpact’s team and
technology serve many of the largest employers and plans, and more than
55 million consumers in the US and around the world. Learn more at
pbm.medimpact.com or follow us on Twitter @MedImpact.