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Howard University and CVS/pharmacy Announce Ribbon Cutting for the Howard University Pharmacy Practice Laboratory
Date:7/10/2008

very of medications, patient counseling and medication therapy management. The laboratory is also stocked with prescription and over-the-counter medications, alternative medications, and home-testing devices so that students may practice dispensing and advising on medication and home tests.

CVS/pharmacy has partnered with Howard University in a number of ways beyond the laboratory. For example, CVS pharmacists guest lecture at the school's pharmacy management class, judge the annual Patient Counseling competition and mentor Howard University pharmacy school interns at CVS/pharmacy stores. Partly as a result of the strong relationship, more than 35 percent of Howard University pharmacy graduates began careers at CVS/pharmacy stores this year. The Company has similar partnerships with other schools nationwide.

Howard University has received an increased demand for its 70 freshmen class seats in the Doctor of Pharmacy program, growing from 300 applicants annually 10 years ago to 1,300 applicants today. A main driver for this growth is the booming job market. While many new college graduates in other fields may struggle to find jobs, pharmacist graduates generally receive numerous job offers with highly competitive salaries.

Nnenna Okeke, 26, graduated from Howard University's college of pharmacy in May with a doctorate in Pharmacy, and after receiving multiple job offers for pharmacy positions, she decided to work at a CVS/pharmacy store in downtown Washington, D.C.

"Both Howard University and a summer internship at CVS/pharmacy prepared me well for a career as a pharmacist," said Okeke. "I chose to work at CVS because of the value they place on patient care and employee development, because of their community involvement -- such as offering disease state management clinics and their active participation in health expositions, and also because of their unique integrated health services model resulting from their merger with Caremark. Current
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