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Addressing the Pharmacist Shortage: Medco Labor Coalition(TM) Launches National Scholarship Program to Support the Development of the Next Generation of Pharmacists
Date:2/13/2008

Coalition Seeking Students with a Prescription for Improving Pharmacy Care

in America

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., Feb. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Prescription medication use in the United States continues to surge, driven by an aging population, longer life expectancy and the development of exciting new therapies that hold great promise in addressing the ills of millions of patients. However, numerous national reports reveal a looming healthcare crisis within the next decade -- a national shortage of 157,000 pharmacists needed to, quite literally, fill the prescription healthcare needs of millions of patients.

As part of its continued dedication to addressing the pharmacy care needs in America, Medco Health Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MHS) today announced a national scholarship program to identify and support the development of the next generation of pharmacists. The scholarship program -- one of a number of initiatives Medco has undertaken to advance pharmacy care in America -- will be conducted through the Medco Labor Coalition, the nation's only coalition dedicated to providing pharmacy benefits to small and mid-size labor unions.

"A career in pharmacy is now so much more than it was just a few years ago, literally transcending plastic trays and counting pills to now encompassing everything from genetics and personalized medicine to electronic prescribing," said Pamela T. Miller, vice president market strategy and development, Medco. "Delivering prescription care in the 21st century presents one of the greatest domestic healthcare challenges to our nation, and we're excited to support students today who hold the promise for tomorrow."

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