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CVS/pharmacy Makes Medication Management Easy with the Introduction of the New CVS.com
Jul 23, 2008 (08:07 AM EDT)
WOONSOCKET, R.I., July 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CVS/pharmacy, the nation's largest retail pharmacy, announced today that it is launching a new CVS.com that improves access to medications by making it easier than ever for consumers to manage their prescriptions online. The site offers new prescription management features, personalized medication profiles, information on drugs including cost-saving generic alternatives, and health and wellness information.
CVS/pharmacy is relaunching the site in an effort to better serve its customers who are looking for more ways to take control of their well-being. "Now more than ever, patients are taking an active role in managing their health," said Helena Foulkes, senior vice president, health services for CVS Caremark. "The new CVS.com offers the tools for customers to handle their pharmacy health care in a way that is easy and convenient, such as renewing a prescription without having to have a prescription vial in hand or arranging a pickup location that is closer to home."
Upon registration, customers have access to their full CVS/pharmacy prescription history. Key features of the new CVS.com site allow customers to:
-- View and print their prescription history -- Order refills directly from a prescription history -- Choose or change a pickup location -- Receive reminders when it's time to refill a prescription -- Request a prescription renewal -- Be alerted to generic alternatives -- Transfer prescriptions from another pharmacy
Better medication management can lead to better health outcomes for patients. Research shows that as many as 50% of those with chronic disease stop taking their medication within the first year. By offering tools for patients to more easily manage their prescriptions online, CVS/pharmacy is hoping to increase the number of on-time medication refills and help promote cost-saving generic alternatives.
For busy families, the new CVS.com also provides parents the option to manage their children's prescriptions online. Having access to a full prescription history is valuable for patients to review with their doctor, or to track FSA spending for tax purposes.
Future functionality of CVS.com will allow integration with Personal Health Records through Google Health and Microsoft HealthVault.
"This is the next step in the evolution of pharmacy health care," said Foulkes. "If you start with a great relationship at the pharmacy counter and make it easy for people to deal with their medications online, they'll do their part in keeping themselves and their family healthy."
CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Caremark Corporation www.cvscaremark.com , is America's largest retail pharmacy with 6,300 retail locations. CVS/pharmacy is committed to improving the lives of those we serve by making innovative and high-quality health and pharmacy services safe, affordable and easy to access, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS/pharmacy and CVS Caremark is available at .
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