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CVS/pharmacy launches online drug info center

BY Dan Berthiaume

Woonsocket, R.I. – CVS is launching a new online Drug Information Center on CVS.com. This new resource was developed to help consumers take control of their health by providing them with best-in-class drug information and a variety of innovative resources.

"Our new Drug Information Center provides a comprehensive set of resources that informs and empowers our customers as they make important decisions surrounding their health and well-being," said Brian Tilzer, senior VP, chief digital officer for CVS/pharmacy. "As a pharmacy innovation company, we are constantly exploring new tools and resources to help our customers on their path to better health. With this launch, we are offering users medication expertise in a simple, interactive way that provides relevant and personalized drug information that has never been made available to them before."

Resources available from the online center include enhanced drug information and access to drug details, a drug interaction checker and a printable medicine list.

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CVS health services subsidiary updates member website

BY Dan Berthiaume

Woonsocket, R.I. – Accordant Health Services, a subsidiary of CVS Caremark, has launched an updated website and member portal, which provides new features and services for program members and is designed to help support and improve member engagement and participation for clients.

Accordant.com now provides eligible members with online access to educational materials, videos, communication tools and community resources that encompass 17 conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease and sickle cell disease.

"The launch of our member portal marks an important milestone for Accordant," said Trip Hofer, president of Accordant Health Services. "While most health management organizations position online tools and services as distinct and separate from those provided on the telephone or via mail, we recognize that health care doesn’t happen at a single point in time or through only one channel. The updated member portal at Accordant.com offers a digital experience that further enables Accordant to proactively support and empower individuals with rare conditions to improve their total health and manage their multiple and complex needs."

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It’s pile-on-Walmart time

BY CSA STAFF

With rising expectations that Walmart’s sales for the recently ended second quarter will be weak when it reports on August 15, the company once again has naysayers doubting its growth prospects with some questioning its long-term viability.

As we noted last week in a piece titled, “Wealth effect not it play at Walmart,”and as other analysts have suggested, Walmart’s same store sales are likely to be negative or at the low end of the company’s forecast range of flat to up 2%. Certainly not a great showing, but a far cry from some of the doomsday scenarios put forth by those who see Walmart at the front edge of a long-term term decline. For example, in a piece on Yahoo! Finance a pair of retail pundits weighed in on the topic, “3 signs Walmart’s best days are behind it.”

Ever the target of criticism, deservedly so in some cases, any hint of weakness on the part of Walmart tends to bring out the naysayers. If second quarter sales are soft, Walmart will be in for a lot of second guessing and questions about its business model.

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