Navigation Links
CVS Caremark Announces Results of 2009 Health IQ Study
Date:8/13/2009

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Aug. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS) announced today the results of its 2009 Health IQ study which examined consumer attitudes and behaviors around health care and prescription usage. Among its findings, the study underscores the need for expanded health care coverage along with cost savings realized by improving health care delivery.

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090226/NE75914LOGO )

Of all consumers surveyed, 13% reported that they were not covered by a prescription drug health insurance plan. Those under the age of 65 and those with a household income of less than $50,000 are less likely to be covered. Additionally, 15% of caregivers are not covered. About 1 in 10 consumers (12%) don't obtain yearly checkups, but the number jumps to 26% for those without prescription drug coverage.

While many consumers consider prescription costs confusing, most (66%) have not spoken to anyone in the past 12 months about how to save money on their prescriptions and some (one-fourth) simply don't know who to ask. Among the one-third who have sought advice, an equal proportion spoke to their pharmacist or their doctor.

"Prescription drugs account for about ten percent of what we spend annually on health care in the U.S.," said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, CVS Caremark. "Health care reform and expanded coverage should include prescription drug benefits because prescription medications are one of the most effective ways to reduce overall health care costs."

CVS Caremark has made improving medication adherence a top priority. Through CVS Caremark's Proactive Pharmacy Care program, the Company is focused on helping consumers understand the benefits of taking their medicine consistently, and how they can reduce the cost.

CVS Caremark's 25,000 pharmacists and other health care professionals at the Company's 6,900 retail stores, 57 specialty pharmacies and 500 MinuteClinics help to ensure that customers take their prescriptions, and renew them, in a timely fashion. CVS Caremark pharmacists also inform customers about generic drugs which are a low cost alternative to name-brand drugs.

"When patients don't take the medications prescribed by their doctors, it hurts their health and can cost an estimated $177 billion annually," said Brennan. "Consumers can improve their health while reducing health care costs simply by sticking to their prescription drug regimens," said Brennan.

Survey methodology

CVS Caremark commissioned a study in April of 2009 among consumers in order to gain insight on behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs surrounding health care in general and prescription usage. An internet based study was conducted among 2,000 consumers who report taking at least one maintenance medication. The study was conducted by Cooper Research, Inc, a health care research company based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

About CVS Caremark

CVS Caremark is the largest provider of prescriptions in the nation. The Company fills or manages more than 1 billion prescriptions annually. Through its unmatched breadth of service offerings, CVS Caremark is transforming the delivery of health care services in the U.S. The Company is uniquely positioned to effectively manage costs and improve health care outcomes through its more than 6,900 CVS/pharmacy and Longs Drugs stores; its Caremark Pharmacy Services division (pharmacy benefit management, mail order and specialty pharmacy); its retail-based health clinic subsidiary, MinuteClinic; and its online pharmacy, CVS.com. General information about CVS Caremark is available through the Investor Relations section of the Company's Web site, at www.cvscaremark.com/investors, as well as through the press room section of the Company's Web site, at www.cvscaremark.com/newsroom.

    Media Contacts:
    Carolyn Castel                        Kelly Kass
    CVS Caremark                          Weber Shandwick
    (401) 770-5717                        (617) 520-7274
    ccastel@cvs.com                       kelly.kass@webershandwick.com


'/>"/>
SOURCE CVS Caremark
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. CVS Caremark and Inverness Medical Innovations Launch Strategic Alliance to Provide Enhanced Health Management Services to Clients
2. CVS Caremark Names Andrew J. Sussman, M.D., as President/Chief Operating Officer of MinuteClinic
3. CVS Caremark Charitable Trust Invests $300,000 in Easter Seals' Autism Services for Young Children
4. Cardinal Health Renews Distribution Agreement With CVS Caremark
5. ARTHUR(R) and CVS Caremark Debut the Winner of the ARTHUR/All Kids Can Character Search June 30 on PBS KIDS GO!(SM)
6. CVS Caremark Recognized with Gold Award from National Business Group on Health for Promoting Healthy Lifestyles for Employees
7. CVS Caremark Ranks Among 50 Best Fertility- and Adoption-Friendly Workplaces in America
8. Video: CVS Caremark Charitable Trust Awards $4.2 Million in Grants Benefiting Children with Disabilities, Uninsured
9. CVS Caremark Launches Spanish Version of Caremark.com
10. CVS Caremark Study Documents Changes in Prescription Drug Use to Treat High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol and Diabetes in Children and Adolescents
11. CVS Caremark Discusses Role of Health IT to Optimize Pharmacy Health Care
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... , ... The temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due to a possible ... often overlooked aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ability to live away from a human ... but a necessary one in the event that lice have simply gotten out of control. ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... , ... First Choice Emergency Room , the largest network of independent ... Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. , “We are pleased to announce ... Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First Choice Emergency Room. , ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Dr. Calvin Johnson has ... he has implemented orthobiologic procedures as a method for treating his patients. The ... first doctors to perform the treatment. Orthobiologics are substances that orthopaedic surgeons use ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Montreal, Canada (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... the pursuit of success. In terms of the latter, setting the bar too high ... low, risk more than just slow progress toward their goal. , Research from ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Those who have experienced traumatic events may suffer from a ... such as drug or alcohol abuse, as a coping mechanism. To avoid this pain ... following a traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers tend to feel a range of emotions, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016 Research and Markets ... Issue 52" report to their offering. ... treatment creates a favourable commercial environment for MedImmune to enter. ... base that will serve to drive considerable growth for effective ... serve to cap sales considerably, but development is still in ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... and BOGOTA, Colombia , June 23, 2016  Astellas today announced the establishment of Astellas ... Brasil as the company,s second affiliate in Latin America . ... ... of Astellas Farma Colombia ... ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Research and Markets has announced the ... (United States, China, Japan, Brazil, United Kingdom, Germany, France, ... Surgical Procedure Volumes: ... provides surgical procedure volume data in a geographic context. ... analysis of growth drivers and inhibitors, including world population ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: