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CVS.com adds new drug information tools
August 8th, 2013
WOONSOCKET, R.I. – CVS/pharmacy has launched a new online Drug Information Center on CVS.com.
CVS said Thursday that the new resource was developed to help consumers take control of their health by providing them with best-in-class drug information and a variety of innovative resources.
The Drug Information Center offers detailed information on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and supplements. The tool also provides the Drug Interaction Checker and the ability to print a personalized, health information wallet card.
According to CVS, the new Drug Information Center allows users to quickly search for information on thousands of medicines. New medication overviews include large pill images plus "How This Drug Works" videos that show what is happening inside the body when taking a certain medication.
Customers, too, can review guidance on whether certain drugs are safe for use before, during and after pregnancy. Other condition- and lifestyle-related information includes interactions with food and drink.
In addition, users can now view details on side-effect occurrence rates and patient usage statistics that were previously not readily available to consumers, CVS said. With more information on the reported incident, severity and onset of clinical side effects, patients will have a better grasp of what to expect in regard to side effects, when to expect them, and when to be concerned about side effects they may experience, the company noted. Access to new patient usage resources provides information on typical strengths prescribed, as well as average generic versus brand-name drug usage rates.
And similar to the tool recently added to the CVS/pharmacy Mobile app, the new Drug Interaction Checker on enables users to import prescription information from their CVS.com account or manually enter information to find out how a specific prescription drug or OTC remedy interacts with other medications and lifestyle factors. The tool gives patients a full view of possible interactions as compared to all current medications, and users can refine their searches by severity of interactions or by specific drugs.
The printable medicine list allows customers to combine prescription and nonprescription health information into one personalized list that folds into card-size so they can store it in a wallet.
"Our new Drug Information Center provides a comprehensive set of resources that informs and empowers our customers as they make important decisions surrounding their health and well-being," Brian Tilzer, senior vice president and chief digital officer at CVS/pharmacy, said in a statement. "With this launch, we are offering users medication expertise in a simple, interactive way that provides relevant and personalized drug information that has never been made available to them before."
Also on Thursday, CVS Caremark announced that CVS Caremark that its Accordant Health Services subsidiary has launched an updated website and member portal.
The company said Accordant.com now provides members with online access to educational materials, videos, communication tools and community resources that address 17 conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease and sickle cell disease. The website also is now integrated with the Accordant Care Management System, which enables personalized and secure online communication between Accordant nurses and program members.