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MedVantx and McKesson Medical-Surgical Announce Co-Promotion Agreement to Offer Novel Pharmaceutical Adherence Program in US

  MedVantx and McKesson Medical-Surgical Announce Co-Promotion Agreement to
     Offer Novel Pharmaceutical Adherence Program in US Physician Offices

MedStart Connect "ATM-like" device creates access to generic sample
medications and helps eliminate historical gaps in primary medication
adherence

PR Newswire

SAN DIEGO and RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 19, 2012

SAN DIEGO and RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --MedVantx, Inc. and
McKesson Medical-Surgical Inc. today announced they have entered into a
multi-year agreement to co-promote MedStart Connect™. McKesson
Medical-Surgical will promote the MedVantx MedStart Connect program to its
healthcare provider customers on an exclusive basis. McKesson is a leading
distributor of medical supplies and equipment to physician practices, surgery
centers, home care and extended care facilities.

"We are in business for better health, and we see MedStart Connect as a
solution to deliver on this promise," said Joan Eliasek, Senior Vice
President, Marketing and Supplier Management, McKesson Medical-Surgical. "Our
relationship with MedVantx through MedStart Connect will allow us to offer a
new technology and service that is valuable both to providers and to patients,
while enhancing our sales team's role as a trusted physician resource in this
evolving healthcare environment."

MedVantx pioneered the first ever controlled access to generic sample
medications in US physician offices through its proprietary automated
"ATM-like" medication management system, the MedStart™ cabinet. MedStart™
automates the traditional pharmaceutical sampling process for physicians and
can capture physician sampling data in the patients' prescription record.
With the integrated MedStart Connect program, patients managing complex and
chronic conditions can receive generic, brand, and OTC samples addressing a
wide variety of conditions as part of their physician office visit. Since
studies show that up to 50% of prescriptions are never filled, ensuring
patients leave with medication in hand is the first step to making sure
patients are adherent to their medication. The MedStart Connect program also
offers patient outreach adherence calls, and convenient prescription home
delivery to support continuing medication adherence. The impact of
medication non-adherence is estimated to contribute nearly $300 billion in
healthcare costs, or 13% of total expenditures, and is a key focus of many
healthcare reform models, including ACOs and PCMHs.

"We are excited about the opportunity to work with one of the nation's largest
and most progressive healthcare technology and service companies" said Rob
Feeney, CEO of MedVantx. "We have seen tremendous acceptance of our program
by physicians, and this relationship represents an opportunity to catapult us
to the next level, to reach an even greater number of providers and patients
who can benefit from our solution."

McKesson Medical-Surgical and MedVantx will launch MedStart Connect in the
next few months in physician offices across several states, including
California, North Carolina, Rhode Island, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The
companies also plan to collaborate to offer the MedStart Connect program in
other provider settings, such as integrated delivery networks and workplace
health centers. 

About MedVantx, Inc.
MedVantx is an innovative medication management and delivery company committed
to streamlining access, reducing costs and providing helpful information to
benefit patients, physicians, health plans, employers and manufacturers. The
MedStart Connect program provides for a fully-automated, integrated,
point-of-care to consumer home delivery channel focused on increasing the
quality and cost effectiveness of the last non-managed pharmaceutical channel
– the physician office sample closet. MedStart Connect includes free initial
therapy samples of prescription and over-the-counter medication at the point
of care, a consumer helpline providing drug information, adherence management
services, and convenient consumer home delivery through its mail order
pharmacy.

About McKesson Medical-Surgical
McKesson Medical-Surgical Inc., with offices in Richmond, Va., and McKesson
Medical-Surgical Minnesota Supply Inc., in Golden Valley, Minn., are
affiliates of McKesson Corporation. McKesson, currently ranked 14th on the
FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company
dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better. We partner with
payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and
others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that
deliver better care to patients in every setting. McKesson helps its customers
improve their financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions
that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare
information technology, and business and clinical services. For more
information, visit http://www.mckesson.com.

McKesson Contact:       MedVantx Contact:
Randy King             JD Haldeman
(804) 553-2068         (858) 625-2990 ext. 13
Randy.king@mckesson.com JD.Haldeman@MedVantx.com



SOURCE MedVantx, Inc.

Website: http://www.medvantx.com
Website: http://http://www.mckesson.com
 
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