October 1, 2008

CVS Caremark Encourages Customers to ‘Know Your Medicine, Know Your Pharmacist’ During American Pharmacists Month in October

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS Caremark announced today that it will celebrate American Pharmacists Month in October by encouraging its customers to "Know Your Medicine, Know Your Pharmacist." The Company employs more than 20,000 pharmacists in its more than 6,300 retail stores, mail service pharmacies and specialty pharmacies across 44 states.

CVS Caremark's pharmacists are dedicated to improving the lives of their patients. The theme of American Pharmacists Month to "Know Your Medicine, Know Your Pharmacist" is an important reminder of the pharmacist's role in patient care during this busy time of year, with the approach of cold and flu season, the annual re-enrollment for Medicare Part D, and the usual insurance changes that come with the start of a new year.

CVS Caremark will also celebrate National Pharmacy Technicians Day on Tuesday, October 21 in recognition of the valuable support its 44,000 pharmacy technicians provide to CVS Caremark pharmacists.

"Our pharmacists work hard every day to improve their patients' health and well-being by answering prescription-related questions, helping with medication management, or simply offering a friendly ear to a patient in need," said Tom Ryan, Chairman, President and CEO of CVS Caremark. "All of us at CVS Caremark are proud of our pharmacy teams and their dedication and commitment to patient care."

CVS Caremark, the nation's largest employer of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, will publicly recognize American Pharmacists Month and National Pharmacy Technicians Day during the month of October with ads in CVS/pharmacy circulars and on its in-store radio network, as well as messaging on its CareCheck Plus prescription information materials. The Company will also recognize individual pharmacists and technicians throughout the organization who have received outstanding customer feedback and performed outstanding counseling service to patients.

About CVS Caremark

CVS Caremark is the largest provider of prescriptions in the nation. The Company fills or manages more than 1 billion prescriptions annually. Through its unmatched breadth of service offerings, CVS Caremark is transforming the delivery of health care services in the U.S. The Company is uniquely positioned to effectively manage costs and improve health care outcomes through its more than 6,300 CVS/pharmacy stores; its Caremark Pharmacy Services division (pharmacy benefit management, mail order and specialty pharmacy); its retail-based health clinic subsidiary, MinuteClinic; and its online pharmacy, CVS.com. General information about CVS Caremark is available through the Investor Relations section of the Company's Web site, at http://www.cvscaremark.com/investors, as well as through the Newsroom section of the Company's Web site, at http://www.cvscaremark.com/newsroom.

    CONTACT:    Mike DeAngelis    CVS Caremark    401-770-2645    [email protected]  

CVS Caremark

CONTACT: Mike DeAngelis of CVS Caremark, +1-401-770-2645,[email protected]

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