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CVS Caremark Research Tailors Consumer Communications to Encourage Better Medication Behavior
Date:5/24/2011

WOONSOCKET, R.I., May 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS Caremark today outlined the results of an innovative, personalized consumer communications program designed to encourage patients to take their medications as doctors direct. Early results of the program show increases in consumers signing up for automatic prescription refills and more readily substituting generic medications for brand medicines to lower costs.

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The program to continually improve consumer communications is part of a collaboration CVS Caremark has initiated with behavioral economists from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, Tuck Business School at Dartmouth College and Carnegie Mellon University.  Kevin Volpp from Wharton, Punam Keller from Tuck and George Loewenstein from Carnegie Mellon are members of CVS Caremark's Behavior Change Research Partnership (BCRP), formed by the company to apply  behavioral economics to improve how pharmacy care is provided to customers.

The findings from the research were outlined today at Silverlink's RESULTS 2011: The Consumer Health Engagement Conference by Bari Harlam, senior vice president of Member Engagement for CVS Caremark. The conference, held in Boston today and tomorrow, is focusing on innovative ways health care companies can engage consumers to take a more active role in their health care decisions.

In her remarks, Harlam said that CVS Caremark is measuring the impact of different communications using behavioral science principles of making messages timely, relevant, easy to understand and easy to implement. In addition, such information can be tailored to outline individual medication and cost options to give consumers a chance to consider their own potential cost savings.

"By giving patients who are signing up for prescriptions online an active choice concerning their care, we have seen a significant impro
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