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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 7, 2003

Iowa Drug Information Network, Medicap Form Partnership

The Iowa Drug Information Network (IDIN), an educational and service program of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, has established a partnership with Medicap Pharmacies Inc.

IDIN generates and communicates drug information to pharmacists so they can optimize medication use and achieve specific health outcomes. The network includes community pharmacies and home health care members nationwide.

The partnership between Medicap Pharmacies, Inc. and IDIN will enable participating Medicap Pharmacy locations to have access to timely and complete drug information. These new members of the network will have Internet access to pharmacy and medical literature related to drug use in humans through the IDIS/Web database and 22 electronic medical textbooks. Network members also receive drug information training and have access to a drug information specialist for patient-specific questions.

The UI College of Pharmacy's Division of Drug Information Service established IDIN in 1996. The division publishes the Iowa Drug Information Service (IDIS) database, provides customized drug information consultations and delivers indexed FDA Drug Approval Packages with abstracts of new drug studies.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACT(S): Media Contact: David Pedersen, (319) 335-8032, david-pedersen@uiowa.edu. Program Contact: Ron Herman, Ph.D., (319) 335-4800.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.