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Medco's Specialized Pharmacists, Safety Programs Gain Therapy Management Accreditation
Date:1/10/2008

ly serve patients while reducing the cost of overall care."

Medco completed the rollout of the Medco Therapeutic Resource Centers last year, culminating three years of development and the process of training specialist pharmacists in specific chronic and complex conditions. In the areas of pharmacy safety, Medco highlighted its Concurrent Drug Utilization Review, Retrospective Drug Utilization Review and RationalMed(R) Patient Safety Solutions to URAC. The programs aim to overcome gaps in care that lead to adverse drug events, such as drug-drug and drug-disease interactions.

"We applaud Medco on achieving URAC's Drug Therapy Management Accreditation," said Alan P. Spielman, URAC president and CEO. "Quality health care is crucial to our nation's welfare and it is important to have organizations that are willing to measure themselves against national standards and undergo rigorous evaluation by an independent accrediting body. In today's health care market, URAC accreditation provides a mark of distinction for organizations to demonstrate their commitment to quality health care."

In November, URAC named Medco as a finalist in its first-ever Best Practices in Consumer Empowerment and Protection Awards for its Diabetes Therapeutic Resource Centers' efforts to reduce potentially dangerous errors with syringes and other diabetes supplies.

Also recognized in the Best Practices Awards was the Medco My Rx Choices(R), prescription savings tool that helps members find lower-cost alternatives for the medications they take on an ongoing basis. Through medco.com(R), members are provided information on the drugs they are prescribed and their potential savings they can attain by choosing, for example, a generic alternative or using mail-order versus retail pharmacies. Patients can obtain a printout of their options from My Rx Choices and discuss them with their physicians.

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