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Medco Delivers Record Third-Quarter 2009 GAAP Diluted EPS of $0.69; Diluted EPS Excluding Amortization of Intangible Assets of $0.75
Date:11/3/2009

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Medco reported third-quarter total net revenues of $14.8 billion, an increase of 17.8 percent from third-quarter 2008 reflecting contributions from significant new client wins, as well as price inflation on brand-name drugs, partially offset by higher volumes of lower-priced generic drugs. Medco's generic dispensing rate increased 3.3 percentage points from third-quarter 2008 to a record 67.7 percent. The mail-order generic dispensing rate increased 2.3 percentage points to 58.1 percent and the retail generic dispensing rate increased 3.0 percentage points to 69.4 percent. Higher volumes of lower-priced generic drugs reduced net revenues for third-quarter 2009 by approximately $560 million, representing significant savings for Medco clients and members.

Total prescription volume, adjusting for the difference in days supply between mail-order and retail, of 220.2 million increased 14.1 percent from the third quarter of 2008. Mail-order prescription volume was 25.5 million, a 2.3 percent decrease from third-quarter 2008. Mail volume reflects a decline in brand-name drugs of 7.0 percent, partially offset by a 1.4 percent increase in generic drugs, where clients and members benefit from the highest savings. Significant new business wins drove strong growth in retail volumes, reaching 144.3 million, a 25.4 percent increase over third-quarter 2008. With the strong growth in retail volumes the adjusted mail-order penetration rate decreased 5.9 percentage points from third-quarter 2008 to 34.5 percent. (Please see Table 5 for the calculation of adjusted prescription volume.)

Gross margin for third-quarter 2009 increased 12.5 percent over third-quarter 2008, to a record $1.04 billion. As a result of the significant incremental retail volumes from new clients, the total gross margin percentage decreased 40 basis points to 7.0 percent from 7.4 percent in the third quarter of 2008.


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