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Medco to Advance Cancer Care with Personalized and Specialized Treatment for Oncology Patients
Date:1/20/2010

omplex medication regimens that can severely impact their quality of life," said Dr. Milayna Subar, Medco's national practice leader for the Oncology TRC.  "Oncology dedicated pharmacists are in an ideal position to supplement cancer care in the areas of medication compliance, identifying genomic tests for targeted therapies when appropriate, and consulting on evidence-based care decisions."

Coinciding with the launch of the Oncology TRC, Medco will be initiating a new product service offering – Advanced Oncology Solutions (AOS) – aimed at improving the clinical outcomes and cost management of cancer care.  The program combines the clinical expertise of Medco's specialist pharmacists, the "high-touch" delivery activities of Accredo Health, and a sophisticated information network that gives pharmacists a 360-degree view to support cancer patients to keep them on therapy and reduce the risk of medical complications. The enhanced services offered through AOS deliver a uniquely innovative model in the pharmacy benefit management and specialty pharmacy industry, and will provide value to patients, physicians and plan sponsors.    

Advanced Oncology Solutions

Decades of research have been dedicated to treating and curing cancer.  Progress has led to improved survival rates for many cancers that now behave like chronic diseases.  New targeted therapies enable some treatments to seek out cancer cells more directly, sparing healthy tissues and limiting side effects. Yet, it is estimated that cancer killed nearly 560,000 Americans in 2009.  

Cancer patients, who take on average 10 different oral medications, including those used to treat other chronic conditions, are at risk for drug interactions that could render an anti-cancer drug less effective. When enrolled in Advanced Oncology Solutions, information systems alert pharmacists
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