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Medco Acquires Leading Genetics Healthcare Company, DNA Direct
Date:2/2/2010

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. and SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Committed to being at the forefront of translating personalized medicine from the science to its daily practice in healthcare, Medco Health Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MHS) today announced the acquisition of DNA Direct, Inc., a leader in providing guidance and decision support for genomic medicine to patients, providers, payors and employees. Financial details of the acquisition were not released.

"DNA Direct has been a recognized pioneer in assimilating knowledge about molecular diagnostic testing and deploying certified genetics professionals to help rationalize the opportunities and implications faced by many in this new and rapidly evolving field," said David B. Snow Jr., Medco chairman and chief executive officer.

By integrating DNA Direct's physician, client and patient support services and capabilities with Medco's growing portfolio of personalized medicine capabilities and extensive customer base, Medco intends to deliver a broader suite of precision health services, ranging from consumer education to clinical decision support.

"Medco is simply the most innovative and forward thinking healthcare company in the industry today," said Ryan Phelan, DNA Direct founder and CEO. "Having spent the past 25 years as an entrepreneur translating healthcare information to patients, I can't think of a better partner to take personalized medicine to the next level."

DNA Direct is the first genomics-focused company offering URAC-accredited utilization management programs to help payors ensure the appropriate use of the more than 2,000 genetic and molecular tests available
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