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Date:3/11/2008

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Medco is currently collaborating with Mayo Clinic on a comprehensive community-based study of more than 1,000 patients taking warfarin. The study involves research on the use of pharmacogenomic testing for the proper dosing of warfarin, a blood thinner that is notoriously difficult to administer, and is evaluating savings from the safer use of this drug. In addition, Medco is immersed in a groundbreaking study examining how genetics can impact the effectiveness of the breast cancer drug tamoxifen.

"We envision that the Center will help bring personalized medicine into the mainstream of health care," said Dr. Robert S. Epstein, Medco's Chief Medical Officer. "The science in this area is 'popping' and Medco is leading the charge on translating this new science into clinical solutions on a national scale. This center will be a catalyst for change where researchers, fellows and students will work collaboratively, share ideas and take the practice of pharmacy care to the next level."

Medco has created a patient-focused pharmacy model that is unique to the industry with the use of specialist pharmacists at the Medco Therapeutic Resource Centers(R) which provide expertise in the care of different medical conditions, such as diabetes, asthma or high cholesterol. It is designed to help lower the overall cost of care by helping patients stay compliant on their medications while avoiding costly hospitalizations from harmful side effects that can occur through the use of prescription drugs.

"This facility represents an ideal combination of using the best capabilities of Medco with leading-edge academics to improve health care quality. We feel this facility could be a magnet to bring other innovators to Indiana and help the region's economy, while furthering innovations in pharmacy care," Klepper said. "This will have significant ramifications for improving the health of our members, the service we deliver to clients and the overall science of m
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