CVS Caremark Encourages Heart Healthy Behavior During American Heart Month

  CVS Caremark Encourages Heart Healthy Behavior During American Heart Month

Reminds patients to get preventative screenings, adhere to medication regimens

PR Newswire

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Feb. 5, 2013

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Feb.5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --In recognition of American
Heart Month this February, CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS)reminds patients that
health screenings and adherence to medication regimens play an important role
in the prevention of heart disease. When combined with healthy lifestyle
choices, scheduling regular check-ups and taking prescribed medication in
accordance with doctor's orders can significantly reduce the likelihood of
adverse health conditions associated with heart disease.

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"Knowing your cholesterol and blood pressure levels and understanding the
impact that certain factors, such as smoking and obesity, have on your
likelihood to develop heart disease can be life-saving information," said
Troyen Brennan, MD, MPH, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of
CVS Caremark. "The more educated a patient is about his or her own risk
factors, the more he or she will be able to work with a physician or
pharmacist around intervention strategies that can further reduce the harmful
onset of heart disease."

Throughout the month of February, CVS/pharmacy will offer special savings and
offers on heart-healthy products such as aspirin, vitamins and blood pressure
monitors. Many CVS locations will also feature a "Heart Health Center"
display to make products including CVS Brand aspirin, fish oil supplements and
blood pressure monitors easy for customers to find. In addition, the
CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare Advantage for Diabetes program is offering its members
special deals on CVS Brand aspirin and Nature Made Full Strength Mini
Vitamins. Visit for details.

MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics inside select CVS/pharmacy locations are
staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistantsand offer an array of
preventative services including high blood pressure evaluations and high
cholesterol monitoring. Clinics are open seven days a week with no appointment
needed. MinuteClinic health practitioners are also able to share information
with a patient's primary care physician to ensure continuity of care.

"Once a patient is undergoing treatment for heart disease or conditions
associated with heart disease, helping them on the path to better health means
adhering to physician-prescribed regimens that maintain heart health," said
Brennan. "This can mean keeping up with good diet and exercise habits, but it
can also mean continuing to adhere to prescribed medications. Medication
adherence is an often overlooked – but critical – component in treating and
preventing heart disease. Patients need to implement medication regimens that
ensure they are taking medications at the right times and on a regular basis
to prevent the onset of heart disease."

In an effort to promote greater medication adherence, CVS Caremark offers
services aimed at helping patients adhere to medication regimens. Through
Pharmacy Advisor™, a condition-based program that alerts pharmacists when
patients are not adherent to their medication regimens or have a gap in care,
pharmacists are able to identify instances or patterns in non-adherence and
communicate with patients and their physician in real time. The company also
offers the convenience of Maintenance Choice™ to pharmacy benefit management
patients, allowing them to fill 90-day supplies of maintenance medications
either through the mail or at one of its 7,400 CVS/pharmacy stores at the same
lower copay.

About CVS Caremark
CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS) is dedicated to helping people on their path to
better health as the largest integrated pharmacy company in the United States.
Through the company's more than 7,400 CVS/pharmacy stores; its leading
pharmacy benefit manager serving more than 60 million plan members; and its
retail health clinic system, the largest in the nation with more than 600
MinuteClinic locations, it is a market leader in mail order, retail and
specialty pharmacy, retail clinics, and Medicare Part D Prescription Drug
Plans. As a pharmacy innovation company with an unmatched breadth of
capabilities, CVS Caremark continually strives to improve health and lower
costs by developing new approaches such as its unique Pharmacy Advisor program
that helps people with chronic diseases such as diabetes obtain and stay on
their medications. Find more information about how CVS Caremark is
reinventing pharmacy for better health at

Media Contacts:
Christine Cramer                  Mike DeAngelis
401-770-3317                      401-770-2545


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