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PharMerica Completes Certification with Surescripts to Support Real-Time Electronic Prescribing by Physicians in Long-Term Care Settings

PharMerica Corporation (NYSE:PMC), a leading institutional pharmacy, specialty infusion and hospital services company servicing healthcare facilities in the United States, today announced that it has been certified by Surescripts to receive controlled and non-controlled substance prescription orders electronically. PharMerica’s e-prescribing solution is the most user friendly, accessible and open e-prescribing solution in the long-term care pharmacy industry.

PharMerica’s e-prescribing service will allow physicians to electronically send prescriptions to any PharMerica pharmacy nationwide, using the same computer software in their offices today. Physicians will require no additional training or new hardware to submit electronic prescriptions to PharMerica. Physician’s using the e-prescribing service will substantially reduce the time it takes for patients to receive their medication while streamlining a previously manual, paper-based process. In addition to improving health outcomes, e-prescribing streamlines the process for complying with Drug Enforcement Administration policies for dispensing controlled substances in the long-term care setting.

Greg Weishar, PharMerica Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are confident that bringing pharmacy industry standards to the long-term care industry will lead to faster rates of adoption. The Surescripts’ network is convenient, efficient and economical for the physician community. Surescripts, the nation’s largest clinical health information network, will allow us to better serve all trading partners in our collective pursuit of delivering outstanding pharmacy service and quality patient care.”

About PharMerica

PharMerica Corporation is a leading institutional pharmacy services company that services healthcare facilities in the United States, provides pharmacy management services to hospitals, and also provides specialty infusion services to patients outside a hospital setting. As of March 31, 2013, PharMerica operated 89 institutional pharmacies and 12 specialty infusion centers in 45 states. PharMerica's customers are institutional healthcare providers, such as skilled nursing facilities, nursing centers, assisted living facilities, hospitals, individuals receiving in-home care, and other long-term alternative care providers.

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