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Medco Breaks Ground For World's Largest Automated Pharmacy
Date:3/11/2008

lead to improved patient safety and clinical outcomes that will also help drive down overall health care costs.

"Central Indiana has a talented workforce that can spark innovative research to help make health care more precise -- leading to greater safety and efficacy," Klepper said. "The new automated pharmacy and this research center will be an integral part of making the region a hub for life sciences, including services, technologies and diagnostics. The proximity to leading colleges and universities, a great transportation infrastructure and business-friendly officials made this site a logical place for Medco to build this pharmacy and research center."

"Even before breaking ground, Medco decided to expand its enormous investment in Indiana. What an exciting bonus," said Daniels.

Medco's next-generation mail-order facility will employ 1,300 workers, including pharmacists, researchers, pharmacy technicians, engineering technologists and managers. The pharmacy's location and access to infrastructure will also expedite getting prescription medications to the patients served by Medco nationwide in a more cost-effective manner, which can further savings for customers, Klepper said.

Paving the Way to Personalized Medicine

The research center is the newest phase of Medco's initiatives into the realm of personalized medicine. Medco has partnered with clinical leaders to study the use of pharmacogenomics to advance pharmacy care, which is gaining in importance as more drugs list genetic information on their labels. Medco has been a proponent of pharmacogenomics as it holds great promise for improving the safety, quality and efficiency of health care. Genetic testing can prevent adverse drug events that lead to hospitalizations, disability and even death. And because not all patients respond to medication the same way, personalized medicine can also help improve health care efficiency by reducing waste associated with ineffective treat
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