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Medco, State of New Mexico and Community Pharmacists Launch SOCRxATES® Program to Close Critical Medication-Related Gaps in Healthcare, Improving Outcomes and Lowering Costs
Date:6/8/2011

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., June 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Medco Health Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MHS) today announced it has brought its groundbreaking SOCRxATES® community pharmacy program to State of New Mexico employees and their dependents. SOCRxATES is a care improvement program that enables community pharmacists to identify and assist patients with chronic medical conditions and gaps in care, such as medication non-adherence.  Medco launched its first SOCRxATES demonstration project in Illinois in December 2009.

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Medco is collaborating with the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy, New Mexico Pharmacists Association and the State of New Mexico General Services Department, Risk Management Division, New Mexico Retiree Health Care Authority, New Mexico Public Schools Insurance Authority and Albuquerque Public Schools on the program.

"The SOCRxATES program addresses several vital aspects of real healthcare reform.  It transforms traditional competitors into collaborators; creates a partnership across private business, public employers and local colleges of pharmacy; and leverages advanced pharmacy technology 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 Dr. Glen Stettin, Medco's chief medical officer.  "We're receiving positive feedback in Illinois, and we are excited to work with our partners to bring this innovative program to New Mexico."

Medco research revealed more than 1,800 state employees, retirees, and their dependents with chronic or complex conditions may not be taking all the medicines they need to stay healthy or following their doctor's instructions. Medicine
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