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Argus Plays Key Role in Together Rx Access Prescription Savings Program

Argus Plays Key Role in Together Rx Access Prescription Savings Program

KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Argus Health Systems, Inc., a leading provider of pharmaceutical program services, announced its role in the Together Rx Access prescription savings program. Launched earlier this year by 10 leading companies, the Card is free and available to Americans who have no public or private coverage for prescription products, who are not eligible for Medicare, who meet certain income eligibility requirements and are legal U.S. residents.

Argus plays a key role in the Together Rx Access prescription savings program and provides the delivery channel through a national network of retail pharmacies. The company also supports the program by providing financial management systems, pharmacy claims administration services, as well as the data capture necessary to enable effective administration, accountability and analysis. The Argus system is available for pharmacies to submit claims 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"Argus is deeply proud to be partnering in this effort, bringing a 'best of breed' team to serve a deep need among the uninsured for prescription products," said Charlie Schellhorn, president and CEO of Argus Health Systems, Inc.

An estimated 36 million people may be eligible for this Card. Together Rx Access Card enrollment numbers are expected to grow rapidly as Website visitors or callers enroll for the free prescription savings program that offers anticipated savings of about 25 to 40 percent on approximately 275 FDA- approved, brand-name prescription products. Savings are also available on a wide range of generic products.

More information about the Together Rx Access Card can be found on the Web at http://www.togetherrxaccess.com/ or by calling 1-800-444-4106.

The Together Rx Access, L.L.C. includes Abbott Laboratories, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, members of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies(1), Novartis, Pfizer, sanofi-aventis Group(2), Takeda, and TAP Pharmaceutical Products Inc

About Argus Health Systems Inc.

Incorporated in 1983, Argus processed more than 205 million electronic pharmacy transmissions in 2004. As Argus evolved to meet the changing demands of the health care and pharmaceutical manufacturer industries, the company expanded its offerings to provide a complete range of products and services. In 2001, Argus began supporting pharmaceutical manufacturers customized programs -- assisting in the design, development, implementation, and management of multiple manufacturer sponsored programs ranging from senior prescription drug assistance programs, alternative sample vouchers, Internet applications, loyalty/reward, POS rebate, patient assistance (PAP), discount coupons, compliance & persistence (C&P), and others.

Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, Argus is privately held as a joint venture of DST Systems, Inc., the nation's largest mutual fund transfer agent, and Financial Holding Corporation, the holding company for the Americo Life companies. ( http://www.argushealth.com/ )

About Together Rx Access(TM), L.L.C.

In introducing the Together Rx Access Card, the companies in Together Rx Access, L.L.C., are applying the experience that the Together Rx, L.L.C. companies gained in creating the successful Together Rx Card, which has enrolled over 1.5 million cardholders. Since its introduction in 2002, the Together Rx Card has helped seniors save more than $750 million on prescription drugs. With the advent of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, Together Rx Access now has the opportunity to provide uninsured, non- senior Americans with significant pharmaceutical savings.

Notes: (1) Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies participates through Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc., Janssen Pharmaceutica Products L.P. and Lifescan. (2) The sanofi-aventis Group is participating through its U.S. affiliates Aventis Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Sanofi-Synthelabo Inc.

Argus Health Systems, Inc.

CONTACT: Stu Goldstein of Argus Health Systems, Inc., +1-816-843-6461,
[email protected]

Web site: http://www.argushealth.com/
http://www.togetherrxaccess.com/

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