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Humana Partners with Brooks Eckerd to Offer Medicare Beneficiaries Medication Therapy Management Program

Community Pharmacists Will Be Able to Help Medicare Beneficiaries Better Manage Medication Regimens, Optimize Therapeutic Outcomes

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Tuesday, October 3, 2006 3:03 pm EDT

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.

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HUM
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LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) has entered into a partnership with Brooks Eckerd to offer a Medication Therapy Management program to qualified Humana Medicare members. Humanas Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program provides pharmacists with a suite of medication review solutions and clinical measures to identify problems or gaps in prescription drug therapy and better assist Medicare beneficiaries reduce the risk of over or under utilization of medications, promote adherence and decrease the likelihood of adverse drug events.

Medication Therapy Management is a part of the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003. Eligibility requirements put forth by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) include any Medicare beneficiary who has two or more chronic disease conditions, have anticipated costs of medications above $4,000 for the 2006 calendar year and take eight or more Part D medications within a 90-day interval. Humanas MTM program services afford qualified network pharmacies the opportunity to become more involved in the care of patients.

MTM is affording pharmacists the opportunity to play an even greater role in enhancing patient care and optimizing outcomes, said William Fleming, PharmD, Humana vice president, pharmacy and clinical integration. We are extremely pleased to welcome Brooks Eckerd into our MTM program and look forward to supporting the pharmacists of Brooks Eckerd in improving medication use through MTM at a community level.

"This MTM partnership with Humana recognizes pharmacists for their value in healthcare. Payers, both private and public, are starting to see that patients need to manage their medications better and that pharmacists have an important role in that, said C. Daniel Haron, RPh., senior vice president of pharmacy for Brooks Eckerd Pharmacy. This is an outstanding opportunity to demonstrate that pharmacists can help, that pharmacy services are critical to providing better continuity of care across all healthcare providers."

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nations largest publicly traded health benefits companies, with more than 11 million medical members. Humana offers a diversified portfolio of health insurance products and related services through traditional and consumer-choice plans to employer groups, government-sponsored plans, and individuals.

Over its 45-year history, Humana has consistently seized opportunities to meet changing customer needs. Today, the company is a leader in consumer engagement, providing guidance that leads to lower costs and a better health plan experience throughout its diversified customer portfolio.

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Humana Corporate Communications
Dick Brown, 502-580-3683
E-MAIL: dbrown4@humana.com