Prescription merger will deliver 'value' to government, company says

Wednesday - 2/22/2012, 6:40pm EST

Mary Rosado, vice president of federal government affairs, Express Scripts

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Local pharmacists are concerned about transparency in the TRICARE system.

The National Community Pharmacists Association and some lawmakers have voiced concerns about a proposed merger between two pharmacy benefit managers, Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions, contending it could spell a loss of competition.

Mary Rosado, the vice president of federal government affairs at Express Scripts, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the proposed merger and its effect on TRICARE. She said the fears about increased costs due to less competition are unfounded.

"Anyone who suggests this merger will raise costs is misguided," she said.

The merger will provide greater value to the government and enhance the companies' clinical capabilities, Rosado added.

"The government is a large payer of health care services," she said. "And they're looking for value. They're looking for lower costs. They're looking for better health outcomes. ... So (the merger) is the opportunity to really try to enhance our capabilities on the clinical side and deliver values and lower costs."

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