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Medco partners Apoteket to develop patient safety system

Medco Health Solutions : 01 April, 2008  (Company News)
Medco Health Solutions is collaborating with Sweden's government-operated retail pharmacy authority, Apoteket, to develop and test the first automated electronic prescription-review system to improve clinical and financial outcomes for Swedish patients and the country's health care system.
Under the agreement, Medco and Apoteket will jointly develop an advanced, customised system to perform safety-checks on each prescription prior to dispensing - warning pharmacists of drug interactions, excessive dosing or any other issue related to dispensing a prescription. Such drug utilisation review systems are commonplace today in the USA, but do not exist in many other countries.

Adverse drug events are a considerable and urgent problem. In Sweden it is estimated that 30 percent of the emergency care visits and 10 percent of all hospital admissions are the result of prescription drug-related issues.

'As more patients in Sweden are routinely treated by larger numbers of doctors, and in the future they may use different pharmacies, this system will provide a safety net for patients and their physicians, who may not be aware of all the medicines that may have been prescribed by other clinicians,' said Erik Thorsell, Apoteket's executive for quality assurance.

Currently, all Swedish pharmacies are operated by Apoteket, the government entity responsible for prescription pharmacy care nationwide. The new system is being developed as Sweden moves toward deregulating the retail pharmacy market in 2009.

'Many of the health care issues abroad are different than those faced in the United States, however the quest for patient safety, clinical excellence, dispensing accuracy and lower cost remains the same,' said John Driscoll, Medco president for New Markets. 'We are committed to supporting payors and patients in any market where our innovative and proprietary technologies could help to lower the cost of delivering high-quality clinical care.'

The utilisation review system to be developed for Sweden is intended to become part of the common high-technology infrastructure used by all retail pharmacies in the future, when the Swedish retail pharmacy market is deregulated and competitors enter the marketplace. This would ensure comprehensive, uniform and consistent reviews of each prescription, for all patients, independent of which pharmacy is used to dispense the medicine.

'We are delighted that the Swedish government endorses the development of these technologies. Our combined experience will allow us to quickly develop and implement an industry-leading drug utilization review system, customised for the Swedish market - achieving considerable savings for the health care system and improving the quality of care for individual patients,' said Stefan Carlsson, Apoteket managing director.

Added Driscoll: 'We are pleased to work with Apoteket in support of this initiative to embrace innovative and proprietary technologies that will help to raise the standards for quality pharmacy care, improving financial and clinical outcomes for patients and society. This places Sweden at the
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