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Medco Health Solutions, United Drug Announce U.K. Homecare Pharmacy Joint Venture Serving Patients with Chronic and Complex Health Conditions; Innovations to Improve Clinical Quality, Reduce Costs
Date:8/12/2009

pertise and financial resources to accelerate our ability to deliver these critical capabilities across the United Kingdom and meet NHS' goals of providing world-class care."

Homecare pharmacy services currently comprise about $1.6 billion of the U.K.'s prescription drug spending. Over the past five years, investments associated with these services have grown at an annual rate exceeding 20 percent.

The companies estimate that as much as 96 percent of all pharmacy costs and 70 percent of overall healthcare costs in the U.K. are related to the care of patients with chronic and complex conditions. Where appropriate, providing the support and infrastructure that enables care to transfer from the hospital or clinic to the home fundamentally lowers the cost curve, while at the same time increasing access to focused and facilitated care - improving patient outcomes.

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Further information for healthcare professionals on Medco Health Solutions UK is available from http://www.medcohealth.co.uk.

About Medco

Medco Health Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MHS) is pioneering the world's most advanced pharmacy(R) and its clinical research and innovations are part of Medco making medicine smarter(TM) for more than 60 million Americans. Its growing portfolio of international engagements serves healthcare communities in Sweden, Germany and, most recently, the United Kingdom.

With more than 20,000 employees dedicated to improving patient health and reducing costs for a wide range of public and private sector clients, and 2008 revenue exceeding $51 billion, Medco ranks 45th o
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