Name: Adam Kautzner
Previous title: Senior vice president of supply chain, Express Scripts and Accredo Pharmacy
New title: President, Express Scripts
Evernorth, the health services business arm of Cigna, announced the new appointment Wednesday. As president, Kautzner will bring experience in pharmacy benefit management, value-based pharmacy network contracting and pharma relations, Evernorth CEO and President Eric Palmer said in a statement.
Previously, Kautzner led pharmaceutical and retail network contracting and drug sourcing as vice president of supply chain for Express Scripts and Accredo Pharmacy. He also has a doctorate of pharmacy from St. Louis College of Pharmacy.
With the promotion, Kautzner will replace Amy Bricker, who is no longer with the company.
Pharmacy benefit managers act as intermediaries between drug makers, health insurance plans and pharmacies, and have come under recent fire for their role in rising drug prices.
On Jan. 13, California sued Express Scripts and three other PBMs, alleging that the organizations contributed to rising insulin prices. The lawsuit followed a June investigation by the Federal Trade Commission requiring the six largest PBMs — CVS Caremark, Express Scripts, OptumRx, Humana, Prime Therapeutics and MedImpact Healthcare Systems — submit documents regarding their business practices.