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CVS Caremark Maintenance Choice Program Improves Medication Adherence for US Airways Employees and Dependents
Date:9/15/2010

WOONSOCKET, R.I. and TEMPE, Ariz., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Since US Airways implemented CVS Caremark's (NYSE: CVS) Maintenance Choice program in January 2009, the company's employees and dependents have become more consistent in refilling their maintenance medications – a key driver of overall employee health, CVS Caremark and US Airways reported at a National Business Group on Health conference today. In addition, US Airways' employees have reported high satisfaction with the program, which provides them the flexibility and convenience of being able to select either mail order delivery for their maintenance medications to treat chronic conditions, or be able to pick up their refills at thousands of CVS/pharmacy locations nationwide, at the typically lower mail order rate and copay.

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US Airways had previously implemented a program through which employees and dependents were required to receive their maintenance medications through the mail. The benefits team recognized that Maintenance Choice could provide an opportunity for US Airways to continue to manage pharmacy costs, while offering their employees convenient options to receive their maintenance prescriptions via mail or at retail.  In addition to positive feedback from US Airways' employees about the program's convenience and flexibility, data from January 2009 - May 2010 shows that the percentage of US Airways members that were optimally adherent to medications for chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol improved by as much as 18 percentage points.

"The Maintenance Choice program is a great fit for our organization," said Pam Weier, Director of Benefits, US Airways.  "Not only does this program allow the compa
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