More proof that the future of health care is a personalized approach based on the genetic makeup of the patient: Yesterday Medco Health Solutions
Terms weren't disclosed, so it's likely a small purchase, but it shows the direction that medicine is headed. The effectiveness of an ever-increasing number of drugs is linked to the genetic makeup of the patient, so it makes sense for the pharmacy benefit manager to increase its expertise in genetic testing.
Medco isn't new to genetic testing. The company already has programs to ensure that some genetic tests are used before doctors prescribe drugs like warfarin and AstraZeneca's
Still DNA Direct should benefit Medco by adding expertise on more than 2,000 genetic and molecular tests available today including genetic counselors to help patients and doctors.
Pharmacy benefit managers like Medco, Express Scripts
Investors looking for innovative forward-looking companies can find one in Medco. It appears to be in the company's DNA.