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CVS/pharmacy introduces CARE 1on1

Program touts one-on-one pharmacist consultations

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy has introduced its latest initiative, designed to underscore the role pharmacists play in managing ongoing medications for chronic illnesses, particularly when a patient starts a new medication.

Through CARE 1on1, CVS/pharmacy offers patients dedicated one-on-one time with a pharmacist to discuss savings, safety and side effects when their prescription is transferred or filled for the first time, the company said. How it works: When patients spend time with a CVS pharmacist through CARE 1on1, they will receive a personal review of their new ongoing medication filled at CVS/pharmacy and discuss ways to manage side effects, save money and stick to a medication routine.

The initiative follows recent CVS Caremark research that found that a pharmacist in a face-to-face setting is the most effective healthcare professional at encouraging patients to take medications as prescribed.

"Patients with chronic health issues like asthma, or chronic diseases like diabetes, often take more than one medication — each with its own set of directions and possible side effects," CVS Caremark VP pharmacy professional services Papatya Tankut said. "Our pharmacists are here to help patients get the most out of their medications once they leave the doctor's office. Taking the time to speak to a pharmacist about your prescriptions can make a difference in the overall improvement of your health, particularly for those who are starting a new prescription."

More information about CARE1on1 can be found on CVS.com and in CVS/pharmacy stores nationwide.

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