CVS Caremark Corp. has launched “Pack Your Bag,” an educational outreach program aimed at the millions of older adults who run the risk of drug interactions because they must take multiple medications to manage or treat one or more chronic health conditions.


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CVS pharmacists give seniors help with Rxs

March 16th, 2009

WOONSOCKET, R.I. – CVS Caremark Corp. has launched “Pack Your Bag,” an educational outreach program aimed at the millions of older adults who run the risk of drug interactions because they must take multiple medications to manage or treat one or more chronic health conditions.

The initiative is being carried out as part of an ongoing partnership between CVS Caremark and the National Council on Aging (NCOA).

The initial campaign, introduced last year, was highlighted by more than 4,000 consultations, in which CVS pharmacists found that 7% of seniors were taking expired medications, 14% were not taking drugs as prescribed and 10% were at risk for drug interactions.

In addition, pharmacists discovered that 15% of seniors had the opportunity to save money on their medications by switching to generic drugs.

“The findings underscore the importance of reviewing medication regimens with pharmacists on a regular basis, especially when filling a new prescription,” says Papatya Tankut, vice president of pharmacy professional services at CVS Caremark.

“For older people who often see multiple doctors, the pharmacy is a central point of care where potential drug interactions can be averted,” she explains. “What’s more, pharmacists are aware of the latest generics available and can suggest ways to save money.”

The 2009 campaign kicked off with eight Pack Your Bag events held simultaneously at retirement communities throughout Rhode Island.

“Many seniors have problems with managing multiple conditions, especially those with chronic conditions [such as diabetes or high blood pressure],” notes NCOA president and chief executive officer James Firman. “We hope that many older Americans will take advantage of this important program this year.”

CVS Caremark says it is making the program available across the country at senior citizens centers that are located within five miles of a CVS pharmacy. In addition, seniors can visit a CVS pharmacy for a personal consultation with a pharmacist.

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