NEW YORK (AP) — Pharmacy benefits manager Medco Health Solutions Inc. said it spent $1.1 million in the first quarter as it lobbied the federal government on numerous issues related to its business and health care reform.

The Franklin Lakes, N.J., company said its interests included the implementation of the March 2010 health care overhaul law. It lobbied the government information technology, privacy rules, chronic care, generic versions of biotech drugs, and what Medco called "anti-PBM" (or anti-pharmacy benefits management) legislation requiring the disclosure of pricing and contract information.

Other topics included the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit, antitrust rules for independent pharmacies and the import of prescription drugs. Medco discussed changes to the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program. Medco handled the mail-order portion of the FEBHP drug benefit plan for the last several years, but earlier this year it announced the program was not renewing its contract with Medco. CVS Caremark Corp. will administer the mail-order benefit starting Jan. 1.

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