Navigation Links
Medco Launches Online Safety Net to Increase Adherence and Prevent Avoidable Medication Risks

NEW YORK, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Medco Health Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MHS) has launched a suite of online tools that empower members to help protect themselves against certain unnecessary health risks.  The new online safety net that alerts members taking maintenance medications of gaps in care that could harm their health and enables them to take action to help close those gaps, was announced today at Medco's Best Practices Workshop, an annual client conference, in New York City.  These online safety features are available now for any of Medco's more than 65 million members.



"Health plan payors are well aware of the serious and often costly health consequences from drug interactions and gaps in care that can result in hospitalizations for their members.  Medco's advanced online tools are real-time intervention safety nets that put the power to prevent avoidable medication risks into the hands of the member," said Tom Feitel, Medco's chief web officer.  "By encouraging their members to register online, our clients are taking an important step in improving medication safety and reducing both plan and member costs."

The online safety net is in effect whether prescriptions are being filled at Medco's mail service pharmacy or through a retail pharmacy.  It provides members who register at with tools that alert and educate them about medication safety and adherence risks and offers 24/7 access to Medco Specialist Pharmacists who can answer questions or discuss any medication issues.

The new online closing gaps in care tool identifies specific adherence-related problems, as well as cases where essential medications may be missing for members dealing with chronic diseases.  To help improve adherence, members are alerted when they are running low on their medication or have missed a refill.  When a drug may be missing that medical guidelines indicate should be part of their treatment regimen, the tool alerts the member about the gap in care and educates them about potential risks, and provides information to print and share with their physician.  The member may also enter a phone number and receive a call back from a specialist pharmacist to answer any questions or concerns.  

In the first four months of the pilot program, members have closed over 100,000 gaps in care with this new online feature - preventing many potential medication complications and unnecessary healthcare costs.  It is estimated that non-adherence costs at least $300 billion annually and is responsible for 33 to 69 percent of medication-related hospital admissions.

Two chronic conditions where high levels of non-adherence are noted include diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  The American Diabetes Association estimates that of the more than 18 million people in America who are diagnosed with diabetes, less than two percent of adults are performing the full recommended level of care.  Also, of the millions of Americans with high blood pressure, only one-in-four has it under control with more than 12 percent of health care spending tied to hypertension.

To that end, Medco clients can receive a "Gaps in Care Protection Report" that analyzes how many of their members on maintenance medications are already registered and therefore protected with automatic safety alerts.  The report also provides insight into estimated avoidable healthcare costs for each additional adherence gap in care closed, helping payors assess their potential to contain overall healthcare costs.

Another important feature of the online safety net is the Rx-OTC Drug Interaction Checker -- the only e-tool of its kind to automatically warn members about potentially dangerous interactions between over-the-counter (OTC) products and the prescription drugs they are taking.  Any OTC drug, supplement or vitamin purchased through the Medco Health Store is checked against the member's prescription drug claims on file, whether from mail or retail.  If a safety problem is identified, the member is alerted about the potential danger before the purchase is made.  Over 30 billion combinations of possibly harmful interactions are checked through this powerful drug utilization review system.  The Medco Health Store is a convenient and affordable online drugstore that is available to the general public.    

About Medco

Medco Health Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MHS) is pioneering the world's most advanced pharmacy® and its clinical research and innovations are part of Medco making medicine smarter™ for approximately 65 million members.

With more than 20,000 employees dedicated to improving member health and reducing costs for a wide range of public and private sector clients, and 2009 revenues of nearly $60 billion, Medco ranks 35th on the Fortune 500 list and is named among the world's most innovative, most admired and most trustworthy companies. 

For more information, go to

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause results to differ materially from those set forth in the statements. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed, and actual results may differ materially from those projected. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Forward-looking statements in this press release should be evaluated together with the risks and uncertainties that affect our business, particularly those mentioned in the Risk Factors section of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

SOURCE Medco Health Solutions, Inc.
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Sen. Harry Reid to Medco Employees: Technology and Innovation Integral to Sustainable Healthcare Reform and Nevadas Future
2. Medco Announces Date for Third-Quarter 2010 Financial Results
3. Medco Completes Acquisition of United BioSource Corporation, Creating Powerful Engine for Rapidly Advancing Clinical Insight and Innovation
4. Medco Issues $1.0 Billion of Senior Notes
5. Medco Announces Agreement to Acquire United BioSource Corporation: A Global Medical Research and Scientific Services Leader to Advance Drug Safety and Knowledge
6. MEDcounselor Drug Information Now Available on ISMPs
7. Medco and Celesio Announce Pan-European Joint Venture to Enhance Quality of Clinical Care and Reduce Overall Healthcare Costs
8. Medco CEO to Present at the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., LLC 26th Annual Strategic Decisions Conference 2010
9. Medco to Present at the 2010 Citi Investment Research Global Health Care Conference
10. Medco Donates $125,000 to Red Cross for Flood Relief in Tennessee and Other Affected Areas
11. Medco Study: Despite FDA Warnings, Nearly One-Third of Asthma Patients Still Treated with Long-Acting Beta Agonists Without Controller Medications, Increasing Their Risk for Complications and Hospitalizations
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016 Capricor ... ), a biotechnology company focused on the discovery, ... that patient enrollment in its ongoing randomized HOPE-Duchenne ... exceeded 50% of its 24-patient target. Capricor expects ... third quarter of 2016, and to report top ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... and BOGOTA, Colombia , June 23, 2016  Astellas today announced the establishment of Astellas Farma ... as the company,s second affiliate in Latin America . ... ... Astellas Farma Colombia ... ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016  Experian ... integrating and transforming the patient payment and ... several innovative new products and services that ... its revenue cycle offerings. These award-winning solutions ... efficient workflows, remain compliant in an ever-changing ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Dr. Calvin Johnson has ... he has implemented orthobiologic procedures as a method for treating his patients. The ... first doctors to perform the treatment. Orthobiologics are substances that orthopaedic surgeons use ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... A recent article published June ... with. The article goes on to state that individuals are now more comfortable seeking ... common operations such as calf and cheek reduction. The Los Angeles area medical group, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... Marcy was in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was out of ... verbally and physically. , “When something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers Marcy. ... throw rocks at my other children and say he was going to kill them. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Dr. Amanda ... orthodontic treatment. Dr. Cheng has extensive experience with all areas of orthodontics, including ... accelerated osteogenic orthodontics. , Micro-osteoperforation is a revolutionary adjunct to orthodontic treatment. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... People across the ... Genome magazine’s Code Talker Award, an essay contest in which patients and their families ... to be presented at the 2016 National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):