CVS Caremark takes medication consultation program to Tampa

7/10/2009

TAMPA, Fla. CVS Caremark is looking to help seniors in Tampa manage their medication and save money on prescription drugs by teaming up with the National Council on Aging to bring the Pack Your Bag medication consultation program to the area.

“It’s important to review your medication regimen with your pharmacist on a regular basis, especially when filling a new prescription” stated Juan Oquendo, pharmacy manager for CVS/pharmacy. “For older people who often see multiple doctors, the pharmacy is a central point of care where potential drug interactions can be averted. What’s more, pharmacists are aware of the latest generic medications available and can suggest ways our patients can save money while maintaining good health. This is especially important in these economic times.”

Through the program, seniors are encouraged to pack a bag with their medications, including prescription drugs, OTC medications and dietary supplements for a review in one-on-one consultations with a CVS pharmacist.

The program also includes a presentation by the pharmacist on improving health through medication compliance and advice on how to save money on medications.

Since the program’s inception last year and more than 5,000 Pack Your Bag consultations, CVS pharmacists have found:

  • 7% of seniors were taking expired medications
  • 14% were not taking medications as prescribed
  • 10% were at risk for potential drug interactions
  • 15% had the opportunity to switch to money-saving generics.

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