Navigation Links
CVS Caremark Announces Results of 2009 Health IQ Study

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: )

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, General information about CVS Caremark is available through the Investor Relations section of the Company's Web site, at, as well as through the press room section of the Company's Web site, at

    Media Contacts:
    Carolyn Castel                        Kelly Kass
    CVS Caremark                          Weber Shandwick
    (401) 770-5717                        (617) 520-7274             

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
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:
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Experts from the American Institutes ... Research Meeting June 26-28, 2016, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. , ... advance care planning, healthcare costs and patient and family engagement. , AIR researchers ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... First Choice Emergency Room , the ... Ogunleye, as the Medical Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. , “We ... new Mesquite location,” said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First Choice ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits of ... of the latter, setting the bar too high can result in disappointment, perhaps even ... progress toward their goal. , Research from reveals that behind ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Marcy was in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was out ... family verbally and physically. , “When something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers ... would throw rocks at my other children and say he was going to kill them. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® of San Diego, CA is excited to announce ... program to drive cancer patients to and from their cancer treatments. Comfort Keepers ... of life and ongoing independence. Getting to and from medical treatments is one ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... 2016   Bay Area Lyme Foundation , ... Center for Tick Borne Illness , Harvard Medical ... Hacking Medicine, University of California, Berkeley, and the ... five finalists of Lyme Innovation , the ... 100 scientists, clinicians, researchers, entrepreneurs, and investors from ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 Dehaier Medical Systems ... "Company"), which develops, markets and sells medical devices and ... , signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Hongyuan Supply ... Supply Chain") on June 20, 2016, to develop Dehaier,s ... strategic cooperation agreement, Dehaier will leverage Hongyuan Supply Chain,s ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 2016   Pulmatrix, Inc ., (NASDAQ: ... drugs, announced today that it was added to the ... its comprehensive set of U.S. and global equity indexes ... important milestone for Pulmatrix," said Chief Executive Officer ... our progress in developing drugs for crucial unmet medical ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: