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CVS Caremark Awarded Platinum Honors for Best Practices in Consumer Health Improvement by URAC
Date:4/2/2009

Drug Therapy Management program provides access to one-on-one counseling and support for patients with complex pharmacy needs

WOONSOCKET, R.I., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS) was awarded Platinum honors for Consumer Health Improvement by leading health care accreditation organization, URAC. The honor was announced at the 2009 Best Practices in Health Care Consumer Empowerment and Protection Awards Gala on April 1-2 in Orlando, Florida. The awards are designed to recognize innovative leadership and successful programs in consumer-focused health care management.

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CVS Caremark was honored for its Drug Therapy Management program, which was developed to improve the outcome of drug therapy by providing patients with access to specially trained clinical pharmacists for one-on-one medication counseling. Patients with complex pharmacy needs -- those on multiple medications who have prescriptions from a number of different health care providers -- are encouraged to participate in an individualized counseling session with a clinical pharmacist to review their pharmacy health needs and identify any potential issues with compliance, efficacy, dosing and interactions. Once enrolled in the program, a comprehensive electronic record is developed and kept up-to-date for the patient, along with an individualized care plan and regular follow-up appointments via phone with their assigned clinical pharmacist.

"The Drug Therapy Management program provides those patients with complex pharmacy needs with access to personalized support from a clinical pharmacist who
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