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CVS Caremark Study Finds Non-Adherent Heart Failure Patients Almost Twice as Likely to be Re-Hospitalized Within a Year
Date:2/3/2009

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The study evaluated de-identified data for more than 1,000 heart failure patients from CVS Caremark's Medical Claims Research Database who had an in-patient hospitalization for heart failure between April 1, 2006 and March 31, 2007. The follow-up period for subsequent hospitalizations was for the 12-months following the initial hospitalization date. All study participants were continuously eligible for medical and pharmacy benefits through the index and follow-up periods. The results from this analysis demonstrate a significant link between medication adherence and health services utilization. However, as in most observational studies, the causal nature of this relationship cannot be strictly determined.

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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 6,800 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, CVS.com. General information about CVS Caremark is available through the Investor Relations section of the Company's Web site, at cvscaremark.com/investors, as well as through the press room section of the Company's Web site, at cvscaremark.com/newsroom.

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