PharMerica Responds to CMS Proposed Rule Impacting Consultant Pharmacists

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- PharMerica Corporation (NYSE:PMC), a national provider of institutional pharmacy and hospital pharmacy management services, today responded to the October 3, 2011, request from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for comments concerning its consideration of changes to the Conditions of Participation for Long Term Care Facilities. PharMerica believes that the changes proposed by CMS, which could require the independence of consultant pharmacists, may increase overall costs for payors and customers and reduce the quality of care and service to long-term care patients and residents.

PharMerica noted that its consultant pharmacists balance clinical effectiveness and economic considerations to achieve the best drug or therapy option for the resident, evaluate for potential drug interactions or known side effects, and provide reviews of formulary compliance. PharMerica believes that these benefits support the CMS mission of providing the highest quality of care at the most economical cost possible.

PharMerica intends to provide CMS with detailed information that supports its view that the use of consultant pharmacists is cost-effective for payors and customers and enhances patient safety. The Company is committed to providing CMS with this information within the 60 day comment period stipulated by CMS.

Commenting on the proposed changes, Gregory S. Weishar, PharMerica Chief Executive Officer, said, “PharMerica’s consultant pharmacists play an important role in ensuring safe and cost-effective outcomes for patients. We are concerned that the changes proposed by CMS could adversely affect customers, payors and, ultimately, residents, resulting in a decrease of much-needed benefits and higher costs. We look forward to working with CMS to assist in their evaluation and are confident that when the totality of the information is analyzed it will lead to a conclusion that the proposed changes should not be implemented. While we strongly disagree with the changes proposed by CMS, even if implemented, they are not expected to result in any material impact on our business.”

About PharMerica

PharMerica Corporation is a leading institutional pharmacy services company servicing healthcare facilities in the United States. PharMerica operates institutional pharmacies in 44 states. PharMerica’s customers are institutional healthcare providers, such as nursing centers, assisted living facilities, hospitals and other long-term care providers. The Company also provides pharmacy management services to long-term care hospitals.

Forward Looking Statements

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PharMerica Corporation
Michael J. Culotta, 502-627-7475
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

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