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CVS Caremark Research Finds New, More Accurate Method For Classifying Patient Medication Adherence Behaviors

"CVS Caremark continues to engage in cutting-edge research using novel approaches to analyze data so we can better understand the adherence behaviors and needs of the patients we support," said Troyen A. Brennan, MD, MPH, executive vice president and chief medical officer of CVS Caremark.  "The use of trajectory models could help us more accurately identify patients at risk for medication nonadherence, so we can develop and implement targeted interventions to help them stay on their medications for chronic health conditions."

CVS Caremark is focused on developing programs to help improve medication adherence.  The study described here helps improve the industry's overall understanding of medication adherence and enables CVS Caremark to develop more targeted programs to address the underlying behaviors that contribute to nonadherence. CVS Caremark plans to use these research results along with other key information learned to identify, develop and pilot breakthrough interventions that will help improve medication adherence for the patients we support. The company is currently evaluating and piloting a number of interventions that range from the development of models to predict a patient's adherence behaviors in order to better target interventions; to the use of medication reminder devices to help combat forgetfulness; to digital interventions that engage patients to encourage adherence.

CVS Caremark has been working in a multi-year collaboration with Brigham and Women's Hospital to research pharmacy claims data in order to better understand patient behavior, particularly around medication adherence. Annual excess health care costs due to medication non-adherence in the U.S. have been estimated to be as much as $290 billion.

About CVS Caremark CVS Caremark is dedicated to helping people on their path to better health as the largest integrated pharmacy company in the United States. Through the company's more than 7,500 CVS/pharmacy stores; its leading pharmacy benefit manager serving more than 60 million plan members; and its retail health clinic system, the largest in the nation with more than 600 MinuteClinic locations, it is a market leader in mail order, retail and specialty pharmacy, retail clinics, and Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans. As a pharmacy innovation company with an unmatched breadth of capabilities, CVS Caremark continually strives to improve health and lower costs by developing new approaches such as its unique Pharmacy Advisor program that helps people with chronic diseases such as diabetes obtain and stay on their medications. Find more information about how CVS Caremark is reinventing pharmacy for better health at info.cvscaremark.com.

Media Contacts: Christine CramerCVS Caremark(401) 770 3317 Christine.Cramer@cvscaremark.com

SOURCE CVS Caremark Pharmacy Services

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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