Transforming the Practice of Pharmacy
Medco is leading the charge on transforming pharmacy care from a "generalist" practice to a "specialist" practice.
"With advancements in science and technology blazing a path of personalized medicine, we can no longer take a shot gun approach to pharmacy," Klepper said. "To that end, Medco has created condition-specific resource centers staffed with hundreds of pharmacists who receive specialized training in specific chronic conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and asthma. This focus on one chronic disease state enables these specialist pharmacists to better help patients optimize their health."
Coupled with its unparalleled dispensing pharmacy practice, Medco has created an industry leading end-to-end specialized pharmacy practice model.
Medco's mail-order pharmacy business received an additional boost when the Federal Employee Program(TM) (FEP) awarded a contract for its mail-service and specialty prescription drug program for 4 million federal employees, retirees and their families, effective Jan. 1, 2008.
Medco's two existing automated dispensing pharmacies in Willingboro, N.J. and Las Vegas dispensed 90 percent of the company's mail-order prescriptions in 2006. Medco's automated pharmacies currently have the capacity to fill more than 2 million prescriptions per week. Medco opened the world's first fully automated pharmacy in Las Vegas in October 1996 and the world's then- largest pharmacy at 280,000 square feet in Willingboro in 2001.
Reflecting the company's innovations in the field of pharmacy benefit management, Medco holds 17 U.S. patents for patient data management, front-end pharmacy technology and automated pharmacy technology. Medco also has 35 domestic and international patents pending for the application of various technologies, 18 of which are for its automated pharmacies.
|SOURCE Medco Health Solutions, Inc.|
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