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New Research Shows Over-use of Asthma Rescue Inhalers Substantially Reduced Through Pharmacist-initiated Physician Intervention
Date:11/12/2009

t they're using their daily asthma medications properly or to determine if an adjustment in those medications is needed."

The researchers also reviewed pharmacy and medical claims for a subset of the study population - 1,835 adult asthma patients who had recently filled a prescription for excessive quantities of rescue inhalers. During the 12 months following the intervention, 67 percent of the subset (1,230 patients) were no longer prescribed excessive quantities of rescue inhalers, and the patients received, on average, 3.5 fewer inhalers over the course of a year. In addition, the number of hospitalizations and emergency room visits remained relatively constant from the pre- to post-intervention period, indicating that the intervention was safe and well tolerated.

For more information about the study, please visit www.medcoresearch.com.

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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(TM) for more than 60 million members.

With more than 20,000 employees dedicated to improving patient health and reducing costs for a wide range of public and private sector clients, and 2008 revenue exceeding $51 billion, Medco ranks 45th 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 http://www.medcohealth.com.

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