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Medco, State of Illinois and Community Retail Pharmacies Launch 'Wired' Collaborative Solution to Close Critical Medication-Related Gaps in Healthcare, Improving Outcomes and Lowering Costs
Date:12/9/2009

CHICAGO, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Uniting the world's most advanced pharmacy with local community-based pharmacies, government employees and university-based research teams utilizing a coordinated and "wired" approach to close medication-related gaps in healthcare may represent the most innovative partnership of its kind.

Medco Health Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MHS) today announced a collaboration that includes the State of Illinois, the Illinois Pharmacists Association (IPhA), the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Pharmacy and Mirixa Corporation to determine the effectiveness of training community pharmacies using an advanced networked safety system to identify medication-related issues and provide clinical interventions to improve patient health outcomes and lower costs.

"This large-scale study tests, under actual field conditions, several vital aspects of real healthcare reform. It transforms traditional competitors into collaborators; creates a partnership across private business, public employers and research institutions; and leverages advanced technology using evidence-based protocols to efficiently identify and effectively close gaps in care for patients who are suffering chronic and complex conditions - patients who account for 96 percent of all drug costs and 75 percent of all medical spending," said Kenny Klepper, Medco president and chief operating officer.

Medco, which manages pharmacy benefits for the state of Illinois' employees, retirees and their families, will as part of its administration of the state's pharmacy plan identify patients that may not be following their doctor's orders related to prescribed medications or have not been prescribed essential medicines for treatment in four widespread therapeutic categories: cardiovascular, diabetes, pulmonary and neu
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