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Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy Selected as Exclusive Specialty Pharmacy for Inland Empire Health Plan of California

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 General News J E 4
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SWARTZ CREEK, Mich., Oct. 20 Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy announced today that Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has chosen Diplomat to be its exclusive provider of Specialty Disease Management services for IEHP members with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, and Crohn's Disease. Diplomat will provide dispensing and patient care services for these disease states for IEHP members effective November 1, 2009.

"We were selected by IEHP because we will improve services to their members. Our Disease Management Programs are designed specifically to ease the burdens patients face in the management of their challenging conditions," stated Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy's President, Phil Hagerman. "Working closely with patients and their physicians we can keep patients more adherent on their medication therapies and that translates into healthier patients. We will be using our new Southern California Distribution center to service our IEHP patients."

"Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy has one of the best Disease Management Programs we have seen among the industry," stated Dr. William Henning, Chief Medical Officer for IEHP. "IEHP sets a very high standard when selecting a Disease Management Program. We want to make sure our Members understand their disease states, the medications that they use, and help them to get better through a structured educational/monitoring program. We believe Diplomat will help us deliver high quality patient care and improve patients' quality of life through its innovative and flexible program."

About IEHP

IEHP, Inland Empire Health Plan, a Knox-Keene licensed Health Plan located in San Bernardino, California, is a not-for-profit public agency. The IEHP service area includes San Bernardino and Riverside Counties and currently serves over 420,000 Members in the following Programs: Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, Healthy Kids, and a Medicare Advantage Special Needs Program.

About Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy

Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy is the nation's largest privately held Specialty Pharmacy and focuses on complete medication management programs for patients with serious and chronic conditions. Key programs include: Oncology, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn's, Hemophilia, Growth Hormone and Psoriasis. Other specialty areas include Transplant, Fertility, Dialysis Medication Management, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy and Specialty Compounding. The company also specializes in Disease Management programs for Chronic Kidney Disease patients. With locations in Flint, Swartz Creek and Grand Rapids, MI; Cleveland, OH; Chicago, IL; and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; and a new location in San Bernardino California; Diplomat services the specialty pharmacy needs of patients and physicians nationwide.

For more information contact: Kathy Karns kkarns@diplomatpharmacy.com 810-720-4452

SOURCE Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy
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