CVS Health brings its safe medication disposal program to South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C., 2018-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today (January 23, 2018) that the company has expanded its safe medication disposal program to locations inside select CVS Pharmacy locations in South Carolina to help facilitate proper and timely disposal of opioids and other medications that could be diverted or misused if left in people’s homes. Attorney General Alan Wilson, State Representative Chip Huggins and Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green attended the launch of the program at a Lexington CVS Pharmacy location.

“With a presence in nearly 10,000 communities across the country, we see firsthand the impact of the alarming and rapidly growing epidemic of opioid addiction and misuse,” said Thomas M. Moriarty, Executive Vice President, Chief Policy and External Affairs Officer, and General Counsel, CVS Health. “Expanding our safe medication disposal efforts here in South Carolina is an extension of the initiatives in place across our company to fight the opioid abuse epidemic and fulfill our purpose of helping people on their path to better health.”

The 22 new medication disposal units that will be installed inside CVS Pharmacy locations in South Carolina will supplement the nearly 24 units CVS Health has donated to police and sheriff departments across the state. Nationwide, the company has donated more than 800 units to police departments, collecting more than 125 metric tons, or 270,000 pounds of unwanted medication.

“We know that opioids and other dangerous drugs often end up in the wrong hands after being taken out of parents’ and grandparents’ medicine cabinets,” said Attorney General Wilson. “We appreciate CVS’s efforts to help fight the opioid epidemic by giving people a safe and easy way to dispose of unwanted medications.”

“Prescription drug abuse is a major public health epidemic in our state,” said State Representative Chip Huggins, who is a member of the House Opioid Abuse Prevention Study Committee. “Programs like the one CVS Health is announcing today are integral in helping to avoid the diversion of unused prescription medicines, which can help reduce and prevent their misuse.”

The expansion of safe medication disposal to a total of 750 CVS Pharmacy locations across the U.S. was included among the enhancements to the company’s strategy to address and prevent opioid abuse announced in September 2017. As part of that effort, the company also said it would enhance opioid utilization management aligned with the CDC Guideline for CVS Caremark clients and members, complementing measures already in place. This work builds on ongoing programs the company operates including the Pharmacists Teach program, which brings CVS Pharmacists to local schools to talk to teens and parents about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs. More than 300,000 teens nationally including more than 4,000 in South Carolina have already participated in the program. CVS Health has also worked to expand access to the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone in 46 states, including South Carolina.

“We see the impact that opioid abuse has on our community every day,” said Terrence Green, Chief of Police of the Lexington Police Department. “We commend CVS Health for this important step in helping combat the opioid epidemic by making it easier for this community and others throughout the state to dispose of their unused medicines.”

The 22 new medication disposal units are being installed over the next several weeks at the following CVS Pharmacy locations:

Anderson Greenville North Charleston
2814 North Main St. 718 Mills Ave. 5215 Ashley Phosphate Rd.
3218 West Blue Ridge Dr.
Bishopville 2401 East North St. Rock Hill
523 South Main St. 2707 Celanese Rd.
Greer
Charleston 2446 Hudson Rd. Simpsonville
65 Sycamore Ave. 698 Fairview Rd.
Inman
Cheraw 11211 Asheville Hwy. Spartanburg
901 Market St. 2397 Reidville Rd.
Irmo
Columbia 1008 Lake Murray Blvd. Summerville
2571 Forest Dr. 301 North Main St.
4711-5 Forest Dr. Lexington
5608 Sunset Blvd. Winnsboro
Florence 27 US Hwy 321 Byp. South
733 South Irby St. Myrtle Beach
3210 East Palmetto St 1303 38th Ave. North

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.

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

SOURCE: CVS Health

CVS Health expands its safe medication disposal program to include locations inside CVS Pharmacy stores

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (October 25, 2017), CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) officially introduced the expansion of the company’s safe medication disposal program to include locations inside CVS Pharmacy stores, marking the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 28. The new safe medication disposal kiosks inside 750 CVS Pharmacy locations will add to the more than 800 units CVS Health has donated to law enforcement officials across the country, which have collected more than 100 metric tons of unwanted medication. Properly disposing of unused medications can reduce the risk of misuse, abuse or diversion.

“Solving the opioid crisis will not be easy and it will take the concerted effort of patients, providers, payors, pharmacies, advocacy organizations, elected officials and community leaders,” said Thomas M. Moriarty, Executive Vice President, Chief Policy and External Affairs Officer, and General Counsel, CVS Health. “Our safe medication disposal program is just one of the many initiatives we have undertaken to help prevent opioid abuse and drug addiction in our communities.”

CVS Health is unveiling its first disposal units inside CVS Pharmacy locations in Wilmington, North Carolina and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this week.

“The opioid crisis is tearing apart families all over North Carolina and this nation,” said Attorney General Josh Stein of North Carolina. “Safely disposing of unneeded medications is an important and simple step we can all take to keep these drugs out of the wrong hands. I applaud and thank CVS for making it easier for us to get rid of these dangerous and highly addictive drugs.”

“Eighty percent of heroin users start with a legal prescription drug,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania said. “We appreciate this effort to end diversion of these highly addictive drugs.”

Together with law enforcement, CVS Health also continues to underscore the importance of proper medication disposal this week at the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office in Savannah, Georgia, which has received two medication disposal units from CVS Health.

“The opioid epidemic is one of the greatest public health threats facing our country, one that took the lives of 982 Georgians just last year,” said Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr. “It affects every state and has a devastating impact on our communities tearing apart families and stretching the budgets of local law enforcement and first responders as they do the difficult work on the front lines. CVS Health is continuing to find innovative ways to help in this fight, and we are very grateful to have them as a partner in our Drug Take Back efforts in Georgia.”

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Nearly 100 CVS Pharmacy locations will be among the many sites across the country where law enforcement will hold a one-day event to collect unwanted prescription medication. Patients can find a participating medication return location using this location finder tool.

CVS Health is also working to address and prevent prescription drug abuse by increasing access to the opioid-overdose reversal medication naloxone in 43 states. Additionally, through the company’s Pharmacists Teach program, CVS pharmacists have volunteered to educate more than 300,000 students about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

In September, CVS Health announced an expansion of its enterprise initiatives to fight the opioid abuse epidemic by limiting to seven days the supply of opioids dispensed for certain acute prescriptions for patients who are new to therapy; limiting the daily dosage of opioids dispensed based on the strength of the opioid; and requiring use of immediate-release formulations of opioids before extended release opioids are dispensed.

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.

Media Contacts:

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

Amy Lanctot
401-770-2931
Amy.Lanctot@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

CVS Health appoints Thomas M. Moriarty to the newly created role of chief policy and external affairs officer

CVS Health appoints Thomas M. Moriarty to the newly created role of chief policy and external affairs officer

 

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Apr-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today (April 6, 2017) announced that current executive vice president and general counsel Thomas M. Moriarty has been appointed to the newly created role of chief policy and external affairs officer for the nation’s largest pharmacy innovation company.

Moriarty will continue to report directly to President and CEO Larry Merlo, and will bring together corporate communications, legal, government affairs and public policy under one operating unit to manage the company’s external affairs in Washington, D.C. and state capitals across the country. In his expanded role, Moriarty will manage at the epicenter of corporate strategy and counsel, bringing an integrated set of capabilities to impact and shape national and state-specific public policy for CVS Health and its businesses. From this vantage point, Moriarty and his team will help promote the company’s role in reshaping a health care industry that is more accessible and affordable, and that delivers better outcomes for patients.

“Tom has been an integral member of the CVS Health executive team as chief strategy officer and general counsel, and brings a tremendous wealth of public policy expertise to his expanded responsibilities that allow us to bring greater value to the health care system,” said Larry Merlo, president and chief executive officer. “Tom’s new role will deliver an integrated approach to policy development and external engagement so the company can contribute to the public dialogue and bring forth innovative solutions to important legislative and regulatory proposals. As we work to navigate the changes in healthcare and policy over the next few years, I am pleased to have Tom leading this effort.”

“The public policy and health care landscapes in the coming months and years will be some of the most important of our time for our communities and country in terms of patient care and strengthening the delivery system,” said Moriarty. “As a company that touches more than 100 million consumers and patients at multiple points along the health care continuum each year, we have learned valuable lessons on how to drive better patient outcomes and lower health care costs. We look forward to sharing our company’s insights on important policy initiatives as we work collaboratively with elected officials and health care policy experts at the local, state and national levels.”

Moriarty joined CVS Health in 2012, and since that time has held several senior roles, including general counsel, chief strategy officer, and chairman of Red Oak Sourcing.

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.

Media Contact:
Joe Goode
401-770-9820
Joseph.Goode@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

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