CVS Pharmacy’s announces new beauty imagery initiative to lead positive change around transparency in beauty

CVS Pharmacy’s announces new beauty imagery initiative to lead positive change around transparency in beauty

 

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2018-Jan-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), today (January 15, 2018) announced a commitment to create new standards for post-production alterations of beauty imagery it creates for stores, websites, social media and any marketing materials. As part of this initiative, transparency for beauty imagery that has been materially altered will be required by the end of 2020.

The company also announced that it will introduce the “CVS Beauty Mark,” a watermark that will be used to highlight imagery that has not been materially altered. For this initiative, materially altered is defined as changing or enhancing a person’s shape, size, proportion, skin or eye color, wrinkles or any other individual characteristics. CVS Pharmacy will be working together with key brand partners and industry experts to develop specific guidelines in an effort to ensure consistency and transparency.

“As a woman, mother and president of a retail business whose customers predominantly are women, I realize we have a responsibility to think about the messages we send to the customers we reach each day,” said Helena Foulkes, President of CVS Pharmacy and Executive Vice President, CVS Health. “The connection between the propagation of unrealistic body images and negative health effects, especially in girls and young women, has been established. As a purpose-led company, we strive to do our best to assure all of the messages we are sending to our customers reflect our purpose of helping people on their path to better health.”

This new initiative is being introduced in an effort to lead positive change around transparency in beauty as well as to allow customers to differentiate between authentic and materially altered imagery. The CVS Beauty Mark will start to appear on CVS Pharmacy-produced beauty imagery in 2018 with the goal of all images in the beauty sections of CVS Pharmacy stores reflecting transparency by the end of 2020.

“We’ve reached out to many of our beauty brand partners, many of whom are already thinking about this important issue, to work together to ensure that the beauty aisle is a place that represents and celebrates the authenticity and diversity of the communities we serve,” Foulkes added. “We’ve been inspired by their willingness to partner with us to redefine industry standards around this important issue for the well-being of all of our customers.”

“Girls Inc. applauds CVS Pharmacy’s leadership commitment to showcase and celebrate beauty in all of its forms. As the national nonprofit dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, Girls Inc. is honored to be a partner in CVS Pharmacy’s movement to counter limiting stereotypes too often faced by girls and women. Allowing diversity and natural beauty to shine will have an immensely positive impact on girls and women everywhere.” said Judy Vredenburgh, Girls Inc. President & CEO.

CVS Health has previously made significant changes in its retail stores with the health of its customers in mind, such as ending the sale of tobacco products, delivering healthier food options throughout CVS Pharmacy stores and committing to remove certain chemicals of concern from all store brand beauty and personal care items by 2019.

To learn more about CVS Pharmacy’s new beauty imagery initiative, visit www.cvshealth.com/BeautyMark.

About CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,700 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:

Erin Pensa
CVS Pharmacy
401.770.4786
erin.pensa@cvshealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Pharmacy

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CVS Pharmacy introduces free, same-day delivery service in Manhattan

CVS Pharmacy introduces free, same-day delivery service in Manhattan

 

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Pharmacy (NYSE: CVS) introduced free, same-day delivery for prescriptions and certain over-the-counter items in Manhattan this week. The new free delivery service makes it easier for customers to save time and stay healthy. Free, same-day delivery in Manhattan is one of CVS Pharmacy’s national network of delivery solutions. Same-day delivery in additional cities and next-day, nationwide delivery will be launching in early 2018.

“Free, same-day prescription delivery gives customers the option of having the pharmacy they trust deliver right to them at their homes or work in Manhattan,” said Helena Foulkes, Executive Vice President, CVS Health and President, CVS Pharmacy. “Delivery is another way that we can meet our customers wherever, however and whenever they want in order to make healthcare easier.”

This week, CVS Pharmacy began offering delivery service from all locations in Manhattan. Prescriptions and the option of adding a selection of over-the-counter products can be delivered directly from CVS Pharmacy in secure tamper-proof packaging right to the customer’s door to assure complete privacy. Over-the-counter items that can be added to a prescription delivery include popular items to treat cough, cold and flu symptoms, along with other common conditions. Orders made by 11 a.m. are delivered by 4 p.m., or by 4 p.m. for 8 p.m. delivery.

Customers in Manhattan can find out more information about CVS Pharmacy’s free prescription delivery service by visiting www.cvs.com/cvs2you or by using a dedicated delivery concierge service line at 1-833-CVS-2YOU. A Manhattan-focused marketing campaign also kicked off this week to reach customers in highly-visible locations throughout the city such as Penn Station Plaza and the Columbus Circle Station.

“Our goal is to reach people living and working in Manhattan to let them know about our new prescription delivery service through a fun, highly visible campaign that will reach them while they are traveling around the city as well as through digital and mobile channels,” said Norman de Greve, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for CVS Health.

About CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with 9,700 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:
Erin Pensa
CVS Pharmacy
Erin.Pensa@CVSHealth.com
401-770-4786

SOURCE: CVS Pharmacy

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CVS Pharmacy to launch nationwide next-day delivery and same-day delivery in select cities

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Pharmacy (NYSE: CVS) today announced plans to bring prescriptions directly to patients’ doors with nationwide next-day delivery from CVS Pharmacy locations beginning in early 2018. Select cities will also offer same-day delivery within hours, allowing customers to keep all of their pharmacy needs with a trusted pharmacy partner while also having the option of getting their prescriptions delivered right to their door.

“Our goal is to meet the needs of all of our customers wherever, however and whenever they want,” said Helena Foulkes, Executive Vice President, CVS Health and President, CVS Pharmacy. “Providing same and next-day options for delivery of medications is just another way we can help our patients get and stay healthy.”

CVS Pharmacy will offer free, same-day delivery service within hours from all locations in Manhattan beginning on December 4. Prescriptions and a curated selection of over-the-counter products will be delivered directly from CVS Pharmacy in secure tamper-proof packaging right to customers’ doors to assure complete privacy.

“People living and working in Manhattan have busy lives and there are days when they don’t even have time to run down the street to their pharmacy to pick up a prescription,” said Helena Foulkes, Executive Vice President, CVS Health and President, CVS Pharmacy. “Same-day prescription delivery gives customers the easy option of having the pharmacy they trust deliver right to their front door at no cost.”

Same-day delivery will expand to Miami, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and San Francisco in early 2018. These new delivery options will enhance CVS Pharmacy’s national network of solutions designed to give customers flexibility in how they want to shop.

CVS Pharmacy also continues to expand its partnership with Instacart to offer personal shopping at 2,600 CVS Pharmacy stores across the country for delivery of front store products, including healthy food choices, beauty products and over-the-counter medications, with plans to expand the service to reach 50 percent of U.S. households by year end. CVS Curbside, which allows customers to shop online or via the CVS app for pick up in the store in an hour, without ever leaving their car, is active in locations coast-to-coast.

About CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with 9,700 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:
Erin Pensa
CVS Pharmacy
Erin.Pensa@CVSHealth.com
401-770-4786

SOURCE: CVS Pharmacy

CVS Health hosts fourth annual in-store fundraising campaign to benefit Stand Up To Cancer

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Nov-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health [NYSE:CVS] today (October 30, 2017) announced its fourth yearly in-store fundraising campaign at CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide will occur October 29 November 19, to benefit Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and its ongoing efforts to accelerate the pace of cancer research. CVS Health colleagues and customers have raised more than $15 million for Stand Up To Cancer since 2014.

Funds raised through November 19 will support cancer research programs that get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. CVS Pharmacy customers can support Stand Up To Cancer by making a $1, $3 or larger donation at the register or online at www.StandUpToCancer.org/CVSHealth.

“Just about everyone knows someone battling cancer and it affects our customers, colleagues, and communities every day,” said Helena Foulkes, Executive Vice President of CVS Health and President, CVS Pharmacy. “As a purpose-driven company dedicated to helping people on their path to better health, we’re proud to support Stand Up To Cancer as they accelerate groundbreaking research to help save more lives.”

This year’s campaign will be supported by in-store radio and marketing collateral with Stand Up To Cancer ambassador and Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated actress Tracee Ellis Ross of Blackish. It will also include a new public service announcement produced in partnership with the comedy brand Funny Or Die. The PSA features an adolescent boy who humorously struggles to spend the dollar given to him by his grandfather, only to learn that his good fortune can be put to good use when he donates the dollar to SU2C at his local CVS Pharmacy.

“I am honored to help raise awareness and funds for Stand Up To Cancer through CVS Health’s fundraising campaign,” said Ross. “Cancer has touched so many of our lives, and I hope everyone will join me in helping make more cancer patients into survivors by donating in stores or online.”

Donations made during the campaign will support SU2C’s collaborative cancer research model which brings together scientists from different institutions and across multiple disciplines to work together to translate their research from the laboratory to the patient.

The critical funds raised by CVS Pharmacy customers over the past four years have helped SU2C to develop new effective treatments such as the immunotherapy CAR T therapy which was recently recommended for FDA approval for treatment of a type of pediatric leukemia, known as acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). This first success could lead to similar treatments for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and other cancers. SU2C was an early — and major — funder of immunotherapy research and these investments, thanks in part to CVS Pharmacy and their customers, are contributing significantly to advancements in the field of immunotherapy. In addition to the strides in immunotherapy, SU2C has supported developments of treatments that received an FDA “breakthrough therapy” designation for advanced breast cancer as well as an FDA approval for pancreatic cancer.

“Because of CVS Health’s commitment to Stand Up To Cancer, we’re able to make progress in increasing treatment options for patients and making advancements in the fight against cancer,” said Stand Up To Cancer Co-Founder Sue Schwartz. “We’re are inspired by CVS Health’s dedication to the health of their customers and are grateful to CVS Health and their customers for helping SU2C achieve our mission of making everyone diagnosed with cancer a survivor.”

Additionally, to increase awareness of the critical work being done by SU2C, customers can participate in the Value of a Dollar challenge for a chance to win the Ultimate Hollywood Experience. When visiting at CVS Pharmacy between October 29 and November 19, take a selfie and post on your Instagram and/or Twitter with the hashtag #ValueOfADollar and #Promotion to be entered into the sweepstakes* for a chance to win a trip for two to attend the red carpet world premiere of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (in theaters December 20) and a tour of Sony Pictures Studios.

CVS Pharmacy has also teamed up with Hallmark this year to debut two new exclusive card collections in-store aimed at supporting hope, health and happiness Stand Up To Cancer and Laugh for the Health of it, which are available in locations nationwide.

For more information on Stand Up To Cancer, a division of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and to make a donation, please visit www.StandUpToCancer.org/CVSHealth.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com/.

About Stand Up To Cancer
Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a division of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry’s resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about cancer prevention as well as progress being made in the fight against the disease. As SU2C’s scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a Scientific Advisory Committee led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, PhD, conduct rigorous, competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and provide expert review of research progress.

Current members of the SU2C Council of Founders and Advisors (CFA) include Katie Couric, Sherry Lansing, Lisa Paulsen, Rusty Robertson, Sue Schwartz, Pamela Oas Williams, Ellen Ziffren, and Kathleen Lobb. The late Laura Ziskin and the late Noreen Fraser are also co-founders. Sung Poblete, PhD, RN, has served as SU2C’s president and CEO since 2011.

For more information on Stand Up To Cancer, visit www.StandUpToCancer.org.

*About the Sweepstakes

NO PURCHASE OR DONATION NECESSARY. Void where prohibited and outside US. Must be legal resident of the 50 US (incl. DC) age 18+ (19+ in NE and AL; 21+ in MS) at entry. Sweepstakes begins 9:00:01 AM ET 10/29/17; ends 11:59:59 PM ET on 11/19/17. To enter, take a selfie at a CVS PharmacyTM and post it with #ValueOfaDollar and #Promotion to your Twitter and/or Instagram account(s). You will get 1 entry for each post, and may post once per platform per day. You can also enter by emailing support@su2c.org with subject line “#Valueofadollar Sweepstakes”. You will get two entries for every email that you send, and may email once per day. Maximum 2 entries per day and 22 entries total regardless of method of entry. One winner, chosen at random, will get a trip for winner and guest to the Jumanji premiere in Los Angeles, CA on December 11, 2017. Total ARV of Prize: [$2,670]. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. For complete full rules, see StandUpToCancer.org/Jumanji. Sponsor: Entertainment Industry Foundation. All rights reserved.

Copyright 2017 Entertainment Industry Foundation. Entertainment Industry Foundation , CVS PharmacyTM, Jumanji , Sony , and other logos or trademarks listed herein are trademarks of Entertainment Industry Foundation, CVS, or Sony in the U.S. and other countries. All rights reserved. Motion Picture Artwork 2017 Columbia TriStar Marketing Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

Media Contacts:

Mary Gattuso, for CVS Health
1-401-770-9811
mary.gattuso@cvshealth.com

Emily Gest, for Stand Up to Cancer
Rubenstein
212 843 8061
egest@rubenstein.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

CVS Health announces new performance-based pharmacy network for CVS Caremark pharmacy benefit management clients and their members

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today (October 24, 2017) announced a new 30,000-store performance-based pharmacy network anchored by CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens, along with up to 10,000 community-based independently owned pharmacies across the United States. The network is designed not only to deliver unit cost savings, but also to improve clinical outcomes that will lead to lower overall health care costs for CVS Caremark pharmacy benefit management (PBM) clients and their members.

“Steadily increasing drug costs, and the current transition in health care from volume to value, require us to continually develop and implement innovative solutions to help our clients manage pharmacy costs while improving health outcomes,” said Jon Roberts, Chief Operating Officer of CVS Health. “This partnership with Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy and independent pharmacies enables us to offer a new kind of pharmacy network that provides our clients with opportunities to improve health outcomes and lower overall health care costs, along with comprehensive, nationwide access to medications for their patients.”

Performance measures for participating pharmacies will include demonstrated medication adherence for chronic conditions that are impactful to client costs (e.g., hypertension, diabetes, respiratory conditions and behavioral health). Participating pharmacies are encouraged to implement their own proprietary programs and workflow processes to enable them to deliver results related to the measures being tracked.

“Walgreens is pleased to advance our commitment to improving patient care and health outcomes through improved medication adherence by participating in this new performance pharmacy network,” said Alex Gourlay, Co-Chief Operating Officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance and President of Walgreens. “This network recognizes that pharmacists do more than dispense medications they are key members of the patient care teams and add value by helping and encouraging patients to take their medications as instructed, improving overall health and wellness while lowering costs for patients and payers. Tracking performance provides additional accountability and incentive to achieve measurable outcomes.”

“At CVS Pharmacy we know pharmacists play an important role in providing our patients with timely and relevant information about their prescription medications,” said Helena Foulkes, President, CVS Pharmacy. “Given that our pharmacists are on the frontlines of health care in their role as a trusted health care provider, their interventions can help patients take their medications as directed by their physicians, ultimately improving outcomes and managing overall health care costs.”

CVS Caremark will make this network available to eligible PBM clients for implementation beginning March 2018.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Investor Contact:
Mike McGuire
(401) 770-4050
Michael.McGuire@CVSHealth.com

Media Contacts:
Christine Cramer
(401) 770-3317
Christine.Cramer@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

CVS Health with Drug Store News and Mack Elevation to hold health innovation summit

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Jun-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (June 13, 2017), CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), in partnership with Drug Store News and Mack Elevation, will hold an innovation summit that brings together leaders from major health care, technology and consumer brands including Facebook, Under Armour, Google and IBM, among others, for a discussion about emerging trends that are helping reshape the health care industry.

During the all-day summit, which will be held at the Omni Hotel in Providence, R.I., attendees will explore theories about where the industry is headed and how today’s innovations are shaping tomorrow’s health care solutions. Specific focus areas include connected health technology, social media’s impact on the industry and empowered health care for consumers. This summit hopes to establish a collaborative platform for senior representatives from each company to share predictions and brainstorm new approaches that could impact how consumers take care of their health and access convenient, holistic health and wellness products and services in the future.

Speakers at the event include: Aaron Calloway, Sr. Client Partner, Facebook; Futurist and Economist Jane Sarasohn-Kahn; Steve Laughlin, Vice President and General Manager – Global Consumer Industry, IBM; Chris MacAulay, Connected Fitness Media, Under Armour; Dan Mack, Mack Elevation; and Ryan Olohan, National Industry Director, Healthcare, Google; as well as speakers from CVS Health.

“At CVS Health, we are committed to identifying innovative new solutions to further enhance the health care experience for our customers and patients,” said Helena Foulkes, Executive Vice President of CVS Health and President, CVS Pharmacy. “Today’s summit successfully brought together some of the brightest minds from industry-leading consumer brands, health and technology giants, and innovative start-ups that all share our interest in exploring what the future of health care should look like and how we can all play a role in helping people on their path to better health.”

In addition to serving as a “think tank” to assist the broader industry in uncovering emerging trends that could improve health care for consumers in the future, the summit also will address current trends that are having a real impact on the quality of health care today. Specifically, the shift consumers are making from “sick care” to “self care” will be discussed as a trend that is already impacting some of the changes CVS Pharmacy recently announced it is making in its retail business. As more consumers are looking for technology, wearables, health services, food and supplement selections and over-the-counter products that help them care proactively for their health and wellness, retailers and service providers alike have a huge opportunity to empower their customers and answer this need with new and unexpected options.

“We are seeing a strong customer movement from ‘sick care to self care’ in consumer health care, which signals a shift toward preventive health and proactive wellness versus acute care or treatment,” said George Coleman, Vice President of Merchandising for CVS Pharmacy. “This summit will shed new light on a variety of innovative solutions that could not only help us enhance the customer experience at CVS Pharmacy, but would also impact the entire health care ecosystem in the near future.”

To build on today’s collaborative discussions, CVS Health has plans to continue networking and hosting similar forums with local and national partners in the future to remain a catalyst for innovation within the consumer health care industry.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com

Press Contact:
Erin Pensa
CVS Pharmacy
T: 401.770.4786
E: epensa@cvs.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

Cigna and CVS Health launch new personalized health and wellness program for Cigna self-funded employer-sponsored health plans

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. and WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cigna (NYSE: CI) and CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today (June 8, 2017) the launch of Cigna Health WorksSM: a new collaboration, that aligns Cigna-administered health benefits with CVS Pharmacy and CVS MinuteClinic retail health care services to deliver an innovative consumer-friendly experience for Cigna self-funded employer-sponsored health plans.

This collaboration brings together the health benefits insights of a global health service company with the deep knowledge of retail consumer behaviors of a leading national retail pharmacy and retail health care provider to help patients get the most from their health benefits at their local CVS Pharmacy, including:

  • Customer engagement and personalized pharmacy support using Health Tag Messages on the prescription bag to advise patients of needed health actions by the pharmacist or clinician, and provide information on available Cigna Health and Wellness Coaching services included in their Cigna plan at no additional cost
  • Contracted discounts at CVS MinuteClinic for select preventive and acute care, including biometric screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar as well as diagnosis and treatment for minor illnesses such as bronchitis, ear infections and strep throat
  • A CVS ExtraCare Health card that provides an exclusive 20 percent discount on CVS Health brand over-the-counter health related products, including pain relievers, vitamins, digestive health products and more, at CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide
  • Plus, this program can be coupled with Cigna 90 Now, which offers 90-day refills for maintenance prescriptions to help improve patient adherence to their medication regimen, cost savings and satisfaction.

This new personalized health and wellness program is now being offered on a select market basis for U.S. Cigna-administered employer-sponsored medical plans.

“Cigna Health Works flips the traditional health care experience on its head to help make health benefits more effective, affordable and user-friendly,” said Michele Paige, Vice President and General Manager of Cigna Onsite Health. “This new model is based on how the customer wants to consume health care — it’s about creating value and a new way for health care consumers to get more from their health plan, by ensuring that we are there for them at the places they prefer to go for convenient care.”

“This new level of collaboration with Cigna is a part of the growing trend toward consumer-directed care,” said Helena Foulkes, President of CVS Pharmacy. “By providing information and cues for CVS customers and patients to help them get the most from their Cigna-administered health benefits, we also help them improve their health and reduce their health care costs in a way that’s easy and convenient.”

Improving Health, Costs and Care Connectivity

According to Ms. Paige, Cigna Health Works provides both the opportunity to improve health care quality, while reducing employer and individual health care costs as well as potential gaps in care.

Notably, the Cigna Health Works initiative offers the opportunity for significant health care cost savings by offering an effective and appropriate alternative to Urgent Care and Emergency Room visits. Cigna data show that roughly 45 percent of their customers’ Urgent Care facility visits could have been conducted at retail health care clinics, potentially reducing their health care costs by 81 percent per visit.1

“As the popularity of retail health care continues to rise, Cigna Health Works is designed to help improve health care quality and address potential gaps in care. In some markets, up to one-third of Cigna customers have used some form of retail health care within a year’s time,2” Ms. Paige said.

Cigna Health Works can help address important health concerns such as lack of a primary care physician or access to a pre-diabetic health screening. Through Cigna Health Works, CVS MinuteClinic nurse practitioners can offer Cigna-administered plan customers immediate access to acute episodic care at discounted rates, as well as low cost A1C blood sugar testing, while CVS pharmacists provide affordably priced medications.

Also if a Cigna Health Works patient does not have a primary care physician, the MinuteClinic staff will provide them with a list of Cigna-contracted physicians from the health plan’s provider network.

For Cigna customers who have a designated primary care physician, Cigna Health Works connects to their physician by ensuring an electronic record of each visit to CVS MinuteClinic is sent to their office by the nurse practitioner.

“By connecting all constituents in the care continuum, Cigna Health Works is designed to close potential gaps and improve the quality of care our customers receive,” Ms. Paige said.

1 Cigna Next Gen Access Opportunity Analysis Report, Greater South Florida, 1/2015 12/2015

2 Cigna Next Gen Access Opportunity Analysis Report, Chicago and Greater South Florida, 11/2013 10/2014

Cigna

Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits, and other related products including group life, accident and disability insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions, and has more than 95 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna , including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit www.cigna.com.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its nearly 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

CIGNA CONTACT:
Joe Mondy
Corp. Com
Joseph.Mondy@cigna.com
860-226-5499

CVS CONTACTS:
Carolyn Castel
Corp. Com
Carolyn.Castel@CVSHealth.com
401-770-5717

Nancy Christal
IR
Nancy.Christal@CVSHealth.com
914-722-4704

SOURCE: CVS Health

CVS Pharmacy introduces new store design to enhance retail customer experience

CVS Pharmacy introduces new store design to enhance retail customer experience

Reimagined store design, new health services, an expanded offering of health and beauty products and “better-for-you” food options rolling out

Company will also remove certain chemicals from its beauty and personal care products and is developing new standards for vitamin and supplement offerings

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Apr-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), today unveiled a new store design to enhance the retail customer experience with a new assortment of healthier food, health-focused products and expanded beauty selections paired with informational signage throughout the store to help customers discover new offerings. Together with its innovative digital programs, these changes represent the next evolution of the customer experience at CVS Pharmacy.

“Pharmacy is the heart of our business and our focus on providing care to patients and customers defines everything we do in our stores,” said Helena Foulkes, President of CVS Pharmacy and Executive Vice President, CVS Health. “Our new retail offerings leverage our deep expertise in health to enhance our customers’ shopping experience. The same guiding principles that led to the removal of tobacco from our stores extend to our commitment to deliver the most innovative health and beauty solutions.”

The new store formats and deeper focus on expanded health, healthier food and beauty assortments are key elements of the next phase of the front-store growth strategy, which was first introduced in 2015. Today there are over 800 CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide with this elevated design and assortment and over 3,400 with expanded food and beauty offerings. The latest improvements are designed to drive growth in categories that are most closely tied to the Company’s health-focused purpose and expertise, while delivering a shopping experience that no other online or brick-and-mortar retailer can replicate.

“We did a lot of research to understand how to best serve our customers as we began to reimagine our store experience and we found that people are thinking about their health differently and taking a more proactive approach to staying well,” said Judy Sansone, Senior Vice President, Front Store Business and Chief Merchant. “With that in mind, we crafted a new shopping journey, all in the name of better health.”

Evolution of Store Design
“Our strategy for our new stores is not one-size-fits-all. We will continue to evolve the store experience as we test and learn in order to meet the needs of our customers in the ever-changing retail landscape,” added Foulkes. “As we identify key elements that resonate, such as new product assortments, health services and other in-store experiences, we will find ways to bring them to life in CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide.”

CVS Pharmacy is rolling out major changes to as many as 70 new and existing stores this year, with plans to expand to several hundred more in 2018. The new, health-focused formats have 100 feet of new merchandise in health, beauty and healthier food and use a streamlined layout to highlight themes that make shopping easier. “Discovery zones” in key health categories take a holistic approach to care and product selections, and customers are guided by informational signage with guidance to make finding the right solution easier.

Sick-Care to Self-Care
CVS Pharmacy is vastly expanding its offerings throughout health with a broader selection of vitamins and supplements, including offerings from specialty brands like Irwin Naturals and New Chapter, as well as expanded nutrition products like Vega and Naturade protein powders and Navitas Organics Superfood Mix Ins. Assortments tied to emerging areas like connected health, sleep/mood and immunity are merchandised in “discovery zones” that offer holistic solutions and easy navigation through educational displays.

Beauty with Purpose
CVS Pharmacy continues to enhance the beauty shopping experience by adding new, “on-trend” beauty brands like Wunder2 and Tigi Cosmetics, as well as products that have greater skin health benefits and more natural ingredients. To help improve customer exploration and inspiration, a new “trend wall” has been added to 2,000 stores featuring new launches and niche brands. A beauty discovery zone highlights on-the-go options at checkout. This month, an exclusive Korean Beauty selection curated by notable K-Beauty expert, Alicia Yoon, will be available in over 2,100 locations.

Healthier Foods
Even more “better-for-you” food options are being added, including 27 new items under the exclusive Gold Emblem Abound product line. Healthier choices, including Alo Exposed Waters, EPIC bison bars and That’s It. bars will make up approximately 50 percent of all food options found throughout the store. Additionally, products that fit nutritional and dietary preferences including heart healthy, good source of protein, gluten free, sugar free, organic and non-GMO project verified, are highlighted with shelf tags. This summer, the tags will expand into non-food categories, making it easier for customers to make purposeful choices throughout the store.

Making Better Easier with Higher Standards
The catalyst for the evolution of the retail stores was CVS Pharmacy’s decision in 2014 to stop selling tobacco. As part of its ongoing commitment to corporate social responsibility, CVS Pharmacy is taking the following steps:

  • Removing certain chemicals from beauty and personal care lines: By the end of 2019, all parabens, phthalates and formaldehyde donors in products within the CVS Health, Beauty 360, Essence of Beauty, Promise Organic and Blade store brand product lines will be removed.
  • New standards for vitamins and supplements: CVS Pharmacy is embarking on the development of new standards for vitamins and supplements, with the goal of full implementation by 2019. The standards will require third-party testing of ingredient listings for vitamins and supplements, as well as product testing for certain ingredients of concern.

CVS Pharmacy was also the first national retail pharmacy chain to announce the removal of artificial trans fats from all exclusive store brand food products. In addition, the company recently removed all sun care products with SPF lower than 15 from its shelves while expanding products with SPF 30/broad spectrum, natural beauty brands and products focused on skin health.

Redefining Personalized and Digital Convenience
In addition to the in-store changes, the mobile experience and ExtraCare Rewards program continue to evolve, offering more ways for customers to order products online and pick them up with CVS Curbside, pay seamlessly via CVS Pay in the app, and even manage their ExtraBucks Rewards, personalized deals, and use manufacturer coupons, all from their phone.

The new developments from CVS Pharmacy were previewed at a media event yesterday during an interactive brand showcase in New York City. More details, including photos from the interactive brand event, can be found in the CVS Health newsroom.

About CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,700 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy is available at http://www.cvshealth.com.

SOURCE: CVS Pharmacy

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CVS Health joins the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement as new national sponsor

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), the nation’s largest pharmacy innovation company, today (Feb. 1, 2017) announced a major commitment in support of women’s heart health. As a new national sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement, CVS Health has pledged to raise a minimum of $10 million over the next three years to support life-saving cardiovascular research and education. Helena Foulkes, President of CVS Pharmacy, has also been named as the inaugural National Chair for Go Red For Women, an annual campaign designed to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke as the number one killer of women and to empower women to take charge of their heart health.

“With more than one in three women living with cardiovascular disease, there is a great need for increased awareness, funding and research about women’s heart health. I am honored to serve as National Chair for Go Red For Women to help spread this important message,” said Foulkes. “Many of our colleagues, customers and communities have been touched by heart disease and stroke and we are encouraging them to help us inspire action and support the work of the American Heart Association by ‘going red’ and as part of our company’s broader commitment to helping people on their path to better health.”

Coinciding with American Heart Month in February, CVS Pharmacy customers can support Go Red For Women by making a $1, $3 or larger donation at the register at 7,900 CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide or online, February 5-25. The in-store fundraising campaign is the first of many initiatives to support the three-year, $10 million commitment by CVS Health to the American Heart Association.

“CVS Health and the American Heart Association both share a deep commitment to making a meaningful health impact in the communities we serve and we couldn’t be more energized and excited about them joining us in the fight against heart disease in women,” said American Heart Association Board Chairman Al Royse. “CVS Health’s support of Go Red For Women will help fund lifesaving research and education in this critical area, while also providing easy ways for their customers to ‘Go Red’. We look forward to saving and changing countless lives by working together.”

Cardiovascular diseases cause nearly one in three deaths in women each year or one death every 80 seconds. It is important to be armed with heart health knowledge, including knowing the five key numbers that affect risk for heart disease total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index. To help address this need, MinuteClinic the retail walk-in medical clinic of CVS Health is offering free “Know Your Numbers” heart screenings at its more than 1,100 locations nationwide on February 14, Valentine’s Day.

“Many women do not realize that most regular cardiovascular screening tests should begin at age 20, and that knowing your personal health numbers helps you and your health care provider better determine your risk for developing future problems,” said Angela Patterson, DNP, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, and Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer at MinuteClinic. “By offering free heart health screenings at our MinuteClinic locations this Valentine’s Day, we can help women assess their heart health and make any necessary changes to their lifestyle to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke.”

For a list of MinuteClinic locations, visit http://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/clinic-locator. No appointment is necessary; screenings will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

About CVS Health
CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

About Go Red For Women
Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. Cardiovascular diseases in the U.S. kill approximately one woman every 80 seconds. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Go Red For Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and CVS Health, with additional support from our cause supporters. For more information, please visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278).

Media Contacts:
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401-770-9820
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401-770-9811
Mary.Alfieri@CVSHealth.com

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CVS Health joins the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement as new national sponsor

 

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CVS Health announces availability of cheapest generic epinephrine auto-injector option at all its pharmacies

Generic epinephrine auto-injector from Impax Laboratories available at CVS Pharmacy at cash price 80% lower than EpiPen®

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Jan-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today (January 12, 2017) announced that a low-cost epinephrine auto-injector option, the authorized generic for Adrenaclick manufactured by Impax Laboratories (IPXL), is available at all CVS Pharmacy locations at a cash price of $109.99 for a two-pack. This compares to a cash price of $649.99 for EpiPen and $339.99 for the authorized generic for EpiPen.

“As a health care company focused on helping people on their path to better health, we recognized that there was an urgent need in the marketplace for a less expensive epinephrine auto-injector for patients with life-threatening allergies,” said Helena Foulkes, President of CVS Pharmacy. Over the past year, nearly 150,000 people signed on to a petition asking for a lower cost epinephrine auto-injector option and millions more were active in social media searching for a solution.

“In order to address this challenge,” Foulkes continued, “we have partnered with Impax to purchase their epinephrine auto-injector at a price that is lower than similar brand or authorized generic epinephrine auto-injectors. We are passing these savings along to our customers and patients, making this product available at all CVS Pharmacy locations at the lowest cash price in the market.”

The price of $109.99 for the authorized generic of Adrenaclick two-pack applies to both insured and cash-paying patients without insurance. This solution will be particularly beneficial for those insured patients who have consumer-directed health plans and have not yet met their deductible for the plan year. Additional cost reductions for the generic Adrenaclick are available for qualifying patients who use the coupon program offered through Impax which provides a benefit of $100 per pack.

“We are thrilled to work with CVS Health to increase access to our low-cost generic Adrenaclick epinephrine auto-injector,” said Douglas Boothe, President, Generics Division, Impax Laboratories. “Families need and deserve an affordable option to treat severe allergies.”

“We’re encouraged to see national efforts to make epinephrine auto-injectors more affordable and more available to Americans across the country,” said Cary Sennett, MD, PhD, President and CEO of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. “Partnerships that increase access to vital medications are key in helping those suffering from life-threatening allergies.”

“Anaphylaxis is a rapid onset, life-threatening allergic reaction that requires immediate diagnosis and treatment. For these patients, having access to emergency epinephrine is a necessity. Making an affordable epinephrine auto-injector device accessible to patients will ensure patients have the medicine they need, when they need it,” said Todd M Listwa, MD, FACEP, Novant Health.

The authorized generic of Adrenaclick is a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved device with the same active ingredient as other epinephrine auto-injector devices. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) includes generic Adrenaclick among therapeutic options in an anaphylaxis emergency action plan.[1]

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

EpiPen is the registered trademark of Mylan Inc. Adrenaclick is the registered trademark of Lineage Therapeutics, Inc., which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Impax Laboratories, Inc.

Media Contacts:
Erin Britt
(401) 770-9237
Erin.Britt@CVSHealth.com

Carolyn Castel
(401) 770-5717
Carolyn.Castel@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

OptumRx and CVS Pharmacy team up to offer consumers and clients a new pharmacy network solution

CHICAGO and WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — OptumRx and CVS Pharmacy are partnering to provide more convenient choices and lower costs for consumers and clients while improving health outcomes. OptumRx is UnitedHealth Group’s (NYSE: UNH) free-standing pharmacy care services business, managing more than one billion prescriptions annually. CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy, with more than 9,600 retail pharmacies across the nation.

The strategic relationship will bring together complementary capabilities to provide greater convenience and value. Together, the two companies will offer employers a new pharmacy network solution that:

  • Provides eligible OptumRx members the option to fill 90-day prescriptions at prices equal to home delivery copay levels at CVS locations nationwide or through OptumRx home delivery;
  • Increases consumer engagement and improves health outcomes through the combination of OptumRx’s leading pharmacy and clinical solutions with CVS Pharmacy’s leading in-store health and wellness capabilities;
  • Enables OptumRx and CVS Pharmacy to leverage a shared pharmacy platform to develop new pharmacy and health solutions for clients and consumers.

“Our new strategic relationship with CVS Pharmacy will benefit our clients and consumers by improving access to medications, driving better health outcomes, and reducing costs,” said Mark Thierer, chief executive officer of OptumRx. “By deepening our relationship, we can develop innovations that further modernize and enhance pharmacy care.”

Further expanding OptumRx’s full range of network offerings, this joint pharmacy offering provides a platform for Optum and CVS Pharmacy to bring together capabilities and systems to build new combined pharmacy, health and wellness programs. Optum’s long-term business relationship with CVS Pharmacy as traditional pharmacy network partners ensures this new pharmacy solution will quickly benefit consumers and clients, improving health outcomes and lowering costs beyond the pharmacy.

“We are very pleased to announce that we will be partnering with OptumRx, which will allow us to explore innovative ways of helping patients on their path to better health,” said Helena Foulkes, president of CVS Pharmacy. “This strategic relationship will enhance patients’ access to care, lower costs, and improve health outcomes through our unmatched clinical capabilities delivered by our 27,000 retail pharmacists nationwide.”

OptumRx and CVS expect the new 90-day pharmacy solution to be available to OptumRx commercial clients implementing new 90-day prescription benefit designs, beginning July 1, 2017.

About CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,600 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.

About OptumRx
OptumRx is a pharmacy care services company helping clients and more than 65 million members achieve better health outcomes and lower overall costs through innovative prescription drug benefits management services, including network claims processing, clinical programs, formulary management and specialty pharmacy care. Leveraging expertise, flexible technology and a network of over 67,000 community pharmacies and state-of-the-art home delivery pharmacies, OptumRx is putting patients at the center of the pharmacy experience and making health care more connected and less fragmented – ensuring patients get the right medication at the right time at the best cost. OptumRx is part of Optum, a leading information and technology-enabled health services business dedicated to making the health system work better for everyone. For more information, visit www.optum.com/optumrx.

About Optum
Optum is a leading information and technology-enabled health services business dedicated to helping make the health system work better for everyone. With more than 100,000 people worldwide, Optum delivers intelligent, integrated solutions that help to modernize the health system and improve overall population health. Optum is part of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH). For more information, visit www.optum.com.

Media Contacts:
Carolyn Castel
Tel: (401) 770-5717
carolyn.castel@cvshealth.com

Investor Contacts:
Nancy Christal
Tel: (401) 770-3614
nancy.christal@cvshealth.com

Optum
Drew Krejci
Tel: (952) 205-6652
andrew.krejci@optum.com

SOURCE: CVS Pharmacy

CVS Health expands its drug abuse prevention efforts among young people with two prevention education programs

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today (Sept. 19, 2016) announced it will expand its commitment to preventing drug abuse among young people through investments in two prevention education programs. The CVS Health Foundation will launch a new partnership with DoSomething.org to create a peer-to-peer prevention and intervention program delivered to young people via text message and online. CVS Health is also renewing its successful Pharmacists Teach program, which connects CVS pharmacists to local high school students in their communities to discuss the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Entering its second year, the program has already reached more than 100,000 students across the country.

“As a pharmacy innovation company, we care deeply about preventing drug abuse among young people and we are proud of these unique programs that will make a meaningful difference for so many teens and their families,” said Helena Foulkes, President, CVS Pharmacy. “We have seen tremendous enthusiasm from our CVS pharmacists, who have volunteered to speak to more than 100,000 students about the dangers of prescription drug abuse as part of our Pharmacists Teach program, which will continue into this new school year. And, we are pleased to expand on our abuse prevention efforts with a new program to reach young people digitally through our partnership with DoSomething.org.”

Launching this fall, the CVS Health Foundation’s campaign with DoSomething.org, an organization focused on empowering young people to take action to address meaningful social causes, will activate youth to combat prescription drug abuse and misuse. The text message experience will counter the perception that prescription drugs are safer than illicit drugs, teach behaviors that guard against abuse, prepare young people to confront their peers about abuse and challenge the misconception that prescription drug abuse and misuse is normal. The campaign is designed to reach millions of young people through text, email, social media, youth-focused marketing and PSAs.

“DoSomething.org is committed to giving young people ways to take action on important issues that they care about,” said Aria Finger, CEO at DoSomething.org. “We’re thrilled that CVS Health is making it a priority as a company to address such an important issue and that we’re partnering to equip young people with the tools they need to talk to their friends and family members about the misuse and abuse of prescription painkillers.”

CVS Health is also continuing the Pharmacists Teach program it launched last fall into the 2016-2017 school year. Through this program, school administrators and teachers across the country can work with the company to arrange for local CVS pharmacists to speak to high school-aged students. The Pharmacists Teach presentation, developed in coordination with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, educates students about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and teaches them that one choice can change everything in their lives.

About CVS Health
CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:

Erin Shields Britt
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-9237
Erin.Britt@CVSHealth.com

Mary Alfieri
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-9811
Mary.Alfieri@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

CVS Health launches in-store fundraising campaign to benefit Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C)

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Sep-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health, the nation’s largest pharmacy innovation company, launched an in-store fundraising campaign today (September 6, 2016) at CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide to benefit Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, that supports innovative cancer research that gets new therapies to patients quickly to save more lives.

Through October 1, CVS Pharmacy customers can support SU2C by making a $1, $3 or larger donation at the register at 7,900 CVS Pharmacy locations or online at www.CVS.com/SU2C. The in-store fundraising campaign is part of a three-year, $10 million commitment by CVS Health to SU2C.

“With more than 1.6 million Americans diagnosed with cancer each year, we know many of our colleagues, customers and communities have been affected by this terrible disease,” said Helena Foulkes, President, CVS Pharmacy. “As part of our company’s purpose of helping people on their path to better health, we’re proud to support Stand Up To Cancer as they accelerate research and bring new therapies to patients.”

Donations made during the campaign will support SU2C’s collaborative cancer research model which helps bring new treatments to patients faster. SU2C’s “Dream Teams” bring together scientists from different institutions and across multiple disciplines to work together to translate their research from the laboratory to the patient.

“Because of partners like CVS Health, we’re able to make progress in increasing treatment options for patients and making advancements in the fight against cancer,” said SU2C co-founder Sue Schwartz. “We’re thankful for the support CVS Health has given to us over the past few years by giving its customers an easy way to make a donation and joining us in our mission of making everyone diagnosed with cancer a survivor.”

CVS Pharmacy customers can also support SU2C through October 1, when they purchase Nicorette or NicoDerm CQ , which help reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking. For every box sold at CVS Pharmacy, GSK Consumer Healthcare will donate $1 to Stand Up To Cancer, up to $100,000.*

“Teaming up with CVS Pharmacy is a natural fit for GSK Consumer Healthcare, as both companies look to help smokers rid their lives of cigarettes and become smoke-free,” said James Masterson, Marketing Director at GSK Consumer Healthcare. “We are encouraging those interested in quitting to quit for a cause this month.”

CVS Health is also a proud supporter of SU2C’s fifth biennial televised fundraising special which will air on Friday, September 9. The Stand Up To Cancer telecast raises awareness and funds to support SU2C’s translational research that can provide patients with new therapies to save lives now. One hundred percent of public monies pledged during the telecast support SU2C’s cancer research programs.

For more information on Stand Up To Cancer, visit www.su2c.org and to make a donation, please visit www.CVS.com/SU2C.

*Promotion ends on 10/1/16 or at the $100,000 goal, whichever comes first. Stand Up To Cancer is a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

About CVS Health
CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:
Mary Alfieri
1-401-770-9811
mary.alfieri@cvscaremark.com

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CVS Health launches in-store fundraising campaign to benefit Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C)
CVS Health launches in-store fundraising campaign to benefit Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C)

 

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CVS Pharmacy will launch digital receipts for all members of its ExtraCare Rewards program

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Pharmacy today announced the company will launch digital receipts as a new option for all members of its ExtraCare Rewards program. The new option for digital receipts will roll out in early June and eventually be available in 7,900 retail locations. Customers will have the opportunity to opt-out of receiving paper receipts for all in-store purchases when completing their transactions in the front of the store. Once the one-time process is completed, customers will receive receipts digitally, along with their coupons and rewards, each time they shop at CVS Pharmacy.

The imminent chain-wide arrival of digital receipts was first unveiled on Friday evening on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, in a surprise appearance featuring CVS Pharmacy President Helena Foulkes. The show acknowledged the enthusiastic and passionate feedback shared by millions of customers including host Jimmy Kimmelhimself, who has put CVS Pharmacy receipts and ExtraCare Rewards in the spotlight several times in the past. Jimmy Kimmel Live airs weeknights at 11:35|10:35c on ABC.

To take advantage of digital receipts, customers must complete a simple, one-time opt-in process in store that includes enrolling in the ExtraCare Rewards program if they are not already a member, and providing a valid email address. Customers can do so at the front register by asking a store associate.

“We are excited to roll out the much-anticipated launch of digital receipts. We heard loud and clear that while our customers love receiving coupons and special offers, many wanted a paperless option,” said Helena Foulkes, President, CVS Pharmacy. “This feature lets our customers continue to make personalized choices as to how they engage with us, and will let our members choose to say ‘So long!’ to the long paper receipts at check-out.”

Once enrolled, ExtraCare members will have all receipts delivered digitally via email. Members will continue to receive exclusive benefits, personalized savings offers, available ExtraBucks Rewards and more, which can be redeemed in store by using a smartphone, tablet or computer, and then simply selecting the “send to card” button found next to each offer. Additionally, all personal preferences are saved for future transactions. Customers will always be able to specifically request a paper copy of their receipt at the time of the transaction, if they would like to receive one.

ExtraBucks Rewards and special offers are also available through the CVS Pharmacy app, making it easy for interested customers to go paperless, without having to worry about losing or forgetting paper rewards and coupons, or missing out on opportunities to save.

The ExtraCare Rewards program is the gold standard among retail rewards programs and the longest running in the drugstore space with a 15-year history of providing meaningful rewards to its loyal member base. Today, the program continues to evolve, offering its 70 million active ExtraCare members personalized value, in store, online and on-the-go.

For more general information about ExtraCare, please visit CVS.com/extracare. To download the free CVS Pharmacy app, visit CVS.com/mobile or search “CVS Pharmacy” in the Apple iTunes store or in Google Play.

About CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,600 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:
Erin C. Pensa
Public Relations Director
CVS/pharmacy
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p 401-770-4786

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CVS Pharmacy will launch digital receipts for all members of its ExtraCare Rewards program

CVS Pharmacy will launch digital receipts for all members of its ExtraCare Rewards program

CVS Health to offer consumers a new level of seamless convenience in a deal with Curbside

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Apr-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced a partnership with Curbside, a company perfecting the store pickup experience for retailers and consumers, to launch CVS Express, a digital solution offering consumers a new level of seamless convenience. CVS Health is also investing in Curbside, demonstrating the company’s commitment to driving further innovations that will help customers save time and money while pursuing a healthier lifestyle.

“Retail pharmacy is an exciting, competitive landscape that is ripe for digital innovation,” said Helena Foulkes, Executive Vice President, CVS Health and President, CVS Pharmacy. “This partnership with Curbside allows CVS Health to offer new and more convenient ways for our customers to shop with us ultimately making it easier for them to enjoy a healthy lifestyle in a way that works best for them.”

“We founded Curbside to help make shopping at neighborhood stores faster and easier than ever before,” said Jaron Waldman, co-founder and CEO of Curbside. “Our proprietary location technology ensures seamless, reliable order handoff at the moment a customer arrives and our console apppowers an efficient pick and pack operation for CVS Pharmacy colleagues to prepare orders in the store. In partnership with CVS Health we’ve created a fast, convenient new shopping experience that busy CVS Pharmacy customers are going to love.”

CVS Express is the industry’s first retail solution that integrates Curbside’s market-leading technology right into the CVS Pharmacy app. With CVS Express, customers can make mobile, in-app purchases from their local CVS Pharmacy and have those products delivered directly to them when they pull up to the store, all in about one hour with no markups or added costs for convenience. Created in less than three months in the CVS Digital Innovation Lab in partnership with Curbside, CVS Express embodies the digital mission of CVS Health to make healthy lifestyles more accessible and convenient for customers nationwide.

“We believe digital tools are the key to making health care convenient, personal and affordable for our customers, and CVS Express is a perfect embodiment of our digital mission,” said Brian Tilzer, Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, CVS Health. “By working closely with our retail team and partnering with Curbside, who brought industry-leading technology to our platform, we rapidly developed a seamless and simple solution that creates a significant time savings for customers. We are committed to redefining convenience and this will be one of many steps on that journey.”

CVS Health will continue to redefine retail convenience during 2016 and beyond with an investment in Curbside as it develops the latest technology to evolve the retail shopping experience.

CVS Express is currently available in San Francisco, Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, and will begin rolling out to additional CVS Pharmacy locations later this year. It is applicable to all front store and over-the-counter items, with no added cost to the customer for utilizing the service.

For more information about CVS Express, please visit http://www.cvs.com/mobile/cvs-express/ and join the conversation using #stayinthecar. For more information about Curbside, please visit https://shopcurbside.com/retailers/.

About the CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its approximately 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 75 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

About Curbside

Curbside is perfecting the store pickup experience for both retailers and consumers. Curbside partners with top retailers to reinvent the local shopping experience for the era of instant mobile commerce. Its arrival detection software reliably tells store associates when customers are on approach, and enables a compelling, 20-second pickup experience for millions of products across thousands of retail locations. For consumers, Curbside makes it faster and easier to find, buy and pick up products at local stores than ever before, with no markup in price. Curbside was cofounded by Jaron Waldman, who founded Placebase which was later sold to Apple, and Denis Laprise, who founded Poly9 which was also acquired by Apple. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif. https://www.shopcurbside.com/.

Press Contacts

Erin Pensa
CVS Pharmacy
T: 401.770.4786
E: Erin.Pensa@CVSHealth.com

Adam Landres-Schnur
Access Emanate for Curbside
T: 415-844-6215
E: alandres-schnur@access-emanate.com

SOURCE CVS Health

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CVS Health to offer consumers a new level of seamless convenience in a deal with Curbside

CVS Health to offer consumers a new level of seamless convenience in a deal with Curbside

CVS/pharmacy to reopen its two Baltimore stores damaged during protest activity last April

  • Demolition of closed Pennsylvania Ave. store begins Friday, August 28 to make way for a new store at same location
  • Reopenings expected by end of the year

Woonsocket, Rhode Island, 2015-8-28— /EPR Retail News/ — CVS/pharmacy announced today that it plans to reopen by the end of the year its two Baltimore stores that sustained heavy fire damage during protest activity last April.

Demolition work at the closed CVS/pharmacy at 2509 Pennsylvania Avenue will begin tomorrow morning at 7:00 AM. The store will be completely rebuilt and it is scheduled to reopen by the end of this year. CVS/pharmacy is also renovating its closed store at 2560 West Franklin Street and it is scheduled to reopen in the Fall.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Demolition work at 2509 Pennsylvania Ave. (corner of North Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue) will begin at 7:00 AM on August 28, 2015.

“CVS/pharmacy is committed to serving the Baltimore community and we look forward to bringing back our two stores better than ever,” said Helena Foulkes, President of CVS/pharmacy. “When these stores reopen, we will be providing our customers and patients an enhanced selection of groceries and healthy food options along with the quality pharmacy care they have come to depend upon from CVS/pharmacy.”

Employees who worked at the closed stores have been serving their customers at other Baltimore locations over the past few months. Those employees will welcome their customers back to their neighborhood CVS/pharmacy once they reopen.

About CVS/pharmacy
CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 7,800 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS/pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS/pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.