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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

CVS "Pack Your Bag" Program



According to the National Council of Aging, eight out of ten older Americans suffer from some chronic health condition, most of which require medication. CVS has launched “Pack your Bag”, in conjunction with the National Council of Aging, to help manage these medications and the possible problems with drug interaction.


This program is administered at senior centers throughout the US and encourages seniors to pack a bag with prescription and over-the-counter medications and dietary supplements including vitamins for a comprehensive review in one-on-one consultations with a local CVS pharmacist. The program also includes a presentation by the pharmacist on improving health through medication compliance.

The Pack Your Bag program is available nationwide to senior centers located within five miles of a CVS/pharmacy store location. Seniors can also visit their local CVS for a personal consultation with a pharmacist. To find the CVS/pharmacy nearest you, call 1-800-SHOP-CVS or visit CVS's website here.
I actually saw this information on the news tonight and had no idea that this program existed! One of the statistics given on the news was the CVS, on average, has been able to take 15% of the individuals that come through the program and switch them to generic drugs to save them money! I thought that was pretty cool! They had no idea that the generics existed.

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