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February 8, 2013

During its fourth-quarter conference call on Wednesday, CVS Caremark officially unveiled its foray into the international drug store space with the acquisition of Brazilian retailer Onofre, the eighth-largest drug chain in Brazil.

Now that the other shoe has dropped, what's next?

While chains are prevalent, Brazil remains a highly fragmented market that is clearly ripe with opportunities thanks, in part, to an aging population, a decline in unemployment and a rise in incomes.

During its fourth quarter conference call on Wednesday, CVS Caremark officially unveiled its foray into the international drug store space with the acquisition of Brazilian retailer Onofre, the eighth-largest drug chain in Brazil.

Now that the other shoe has dropped, what's next?

While chains are prevalent, Brazil remains a highly fragmented market that is clearly ripe with opportunities thanks, in part, to an aging population, a decline in unemployment and a rise in incomes.

February 7, 2013

CVS Caremark has announced the extension of its Pharmacy Advisor program to cover an additional five chronic conditions, including asthma, breast cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, depression and osteoporosis.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark has announced the extension of its Pharmacy Advisor program to cover an additional five chronic conditions, including asthma, breast cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, depression and osteoporosis.

February 6, 2013

CVS Caremark executives expressed optimism Wednesday morning as the company posted record fourth-quarter results, raised its 2013 guidance and continues to work to leverage its distinctive business model to help people on their path to better health amid a rapidly changing healthcare environment.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark executives expressed optimism Wednesday morning as the company posted record fourth-quarter results, raised its 2013 guidance and continues to work to leverage its distinctive business model to help people on their path to better health amid a rapidly changing healthcare environment.

February 5, 2013

CVS Caremark is marking American Heart Month by encouraging heart-healthy behavior in February, the company said Tuesday.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark is marking American Heart Month by encouraging heart-healthy behavior in February, the company said Tuesday.

February 4, 2013

CVS Caremark has launched what it called the "latest evolution" of its ExtraCare loyalty card program.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark has launched what it called the "latest evolution" of its ExtraCare loyalty card program.

The chain announced Monday the launch of the ExtraCare Pharmacy & Health Rewards program, which allows members to earn larger and more frequent rewards when filling prescriptions or making healthy decisions, as well as providing another choice for members and giving them the ability to opt-in to parts of the program most relevant to their needs and preferences.

January 25, 2013

Continuing to assist those who were affected by Hurricane Sandy, the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, a private foundation created by CVS Caremark, announced on Friday that it is donating $50,000 to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Continuing to assist those who were affected by Hurricane Sandy, the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation, announced on Friday that it is donating $50,000 to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.

Established by Gov. Chris Christie and chaired by First Lady Mary Pat Christie, the relief fund is a nonprofit organization that raises and distributes funds to organizations to support the recovery and rebuilding efforts of New Jersey communities impacted by the storm.

January 24, 2013

Beauty retail veteran Cheryl Mahoney has assumed a new post at CVS Caremark, and the company has brought onboard Alex Perez-Tenessa to serve as VP retail merchandising – beauty/personal care, according to CVS Caremark.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Beauty retail veteran Cheryl Mahoney has assumed a new post at CVS Caremark, and the company has brought onboard Alex Perez-Tenessa to serve as VP retail merchandising – beauty/personal care, according to CVS Caremark.

January 23, 2013

Five pharmacies dominated prescription drug dispensing revenues in the United States last year, according to a new study.

PHILADELPHIA — Five pharmacies dominated prescription drug dispensing revenues in the United States last year, according to a new study.

The proprietary study, by the Drug Channels Institute, found that pharmacy retailers CVS Caremark, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Walmart and pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts accounted for 63% of all prescription drug revenues in the $276.5 billion U.S. pharmacy industry in 2012.

January 22, 2013

CVS Caremark, in partnership with the Rhode Island National Guard and Reserve, sponsored a "Hiring Our Heroes" hiring fair at the National Guard Armory in Warwick, R.I. Tuesday morning.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark, in partnership with the Rhode Island National Guard and Reserve, sponsored a "Hiring Our Heroes" hiring fair at the National Guard Armory in Warwick, R.I. Tuesday morning.

The job fair helped veterans, active military members and military spouses find employment opportunities at CVS Caremark.

January 18, 2013

Costco announced in its January 2013 magazine that it would begin offering pharmacy benefit management services, targeting small businesses and highlighting a 200-employee company based in Washington state.

It remains to be seen whether the club retailer's efforts to compete with the existing PBM businesses of companies like CVS Caremark, Walgreens and Walmart will be successful, and analysts like Citi's Deborah Weinswig appear skeptical that they will. But whatever the outcome, it's clear that Costco is looking to compete in a bigger way.

Costco announced in its January 2013 magazine that it would begin offering pharmacy benefit management services, targeting small businesses and highlighting a 200-employee company based in Washington state.

January 18, 2013

CVS Caremark has announced that it is working to resolve service issues related to its SilverScript Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark has announced that it is working to resolve service issues related to its SilverScript Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan. 

January 18, 2013

CVS Caremark and the United Food & Commercial Workers have announced that they have signed a cooperation agreement giving CVS/pharmacy employees at approximately 500 stores in the metropolitan Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego areas the opportunity to vote on whether or not they want to be represented by the union.

WOONSOCKET, RI and WASHINGTON, D.C. — CVS Caremark and the United Food & Commercial Workers have announced that they have signed a cooperation agreement giving CVS/pharmacy employees at approximately 500 stores in the metropolitan Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego areas the opportunity to vote on whether or not they want to be represented by the union.  

January 15, 2013

CVS Caremark was named Public Company Board of the Year in the National Association of Corporate Directors New England Chapter’s Seventh Annual 2013 Director of the Year Awards.

BOSTON — CVS Caremark was named Public Company Board of the Year in the National Association of Corporate Directors New England Chapter’s Seventh Annual 2013 Director of the Year Awards.  

NACDNE is a source in New England for corporate governance information, education and training for directors and CEOs who are committed to raising standards and improving boardroom performance. Each year, NACDNE recognizes board members and boards from public, private and nonprofit organizations who exemplify the key attributes of outstanding directors.  

January 8, 2013

Pharmacy benefit manager Catamaran Corp. hopes to expand business with client Cigna Corp. and foresees other opportunities, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Pharmacy benefit manager Catamaran Corp. hopes to expand business with client Cigna Corp. and foresees other opportunities, according to published reports.

January 3, 2013

A patient’s social support network has been associated with improved outcomes and healthier behaviors and now new research sponsored by CVS Caremark has found that practical social support is associated with improved medication adherence.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — A patient’s social support network has been associated with improved outcomes and healthier behaviors and now new research sponsored by CVS Caremark has found that practical social support is associated with improved medication adherence.

December 27, 2012

CVS Caremark has announced the final results of its previously announced cash tender offers commenced on Nov. 26, 2012 of its 6.6% senior notes due 2019 and up to a maximum amount of its 6.125% senior notes due 2016 and 5.75% senior notes due 2017.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark has announced the final results of its previously announced cash tender offers commenced on Nov. 26, 2012 of its 6.6% senior notes due 2019 and up to a maximum amount of its 6.125% senior notes due 2016 and 5.75% senior notes due 2017.

The offers expired on Dec. 21, 2012. An aggregate principal amount of about $1.74 billion of notes was tendered.
 

December 20, 2012

Seventy-seven area nonprofit organizations on Wednesday received funds generated from the CVS Caremark Charity Classic at a presentation held at CVS Caremark’s headquarters.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Seventy-seven area nonprofit organizations on Wednesday received funds generated from the CVS Caremark Charity Classic at a presentation held at CVS Caremark’s headquarters.

The tournament, Rhode Island’s largest charitable sporting event, raised $1.2 million this year for charities across Southern New England, bringing the total funds raised since its inception to more than $16 million.

December 14, 2012

On Thursday, analysts and CVS Caremark executives gathered in New York City to attend the company’s annual Analyst Day meeting.

CVS Caremark has come a long away from its roots as a go-getting New England-based regional player, and the pharmacy healthcare giant continues to prove the success of its unique integrated model. The role of CVS Caremark — and community pharmacy at large — in today’s healthcare system couldn’t come at a more critical time.

On Thursday, analysts and CVS Caremark executives gathered in New York City to attend the company’s annual Analyst Day meeting.

December 13, 2012

CVS Caremark executives expressed optimism going into 2013 and outlined its strategic growth framework, which leverages the company’s unique integrated model, during its annual Analyst Day held on Thursday in New York City.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark executives expressed optimism going into 2013 and outlined its strategic growth framework, which leverages the company’s unique integrated model, during its annual Analyst Day held on Thursday in New York City.

December 10, 2012

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark has upped the size of its previously announced tender offers to refinance a portion of its debt.

The company stated that it will buy back up to $1.33 billion in notes, up from the previously announced $1 billion.

December 10, 2012

The Pacific Business News on Friday reported Rock Tang, a prominent real estate executive in the Hawaii region, joined Walgreens from CVS Caremark.

HAWAII — The Pacific Business News on Friday reported that a prominent real estate executive in the Hawaii region joined Walgreens from CVS Caremark. 

According to the report, Rock Tang, former regional director for real estate in Hawaii for CVS Caremark has been named senior real estate manager at Walgreens. Tang will be in charge of developing new stores around Hawaii and in Northern California. 

For the full report, click here. 

December 7, 2012

CVS Caremark is looking to acquire an 80% stake in Onofre, the eighth-largest pharmacy chain in Brazil, according to published reports.

Are you ready for the globalization of drug store retailing? DSN is. And we expect it to continue. Why? That's where the Rx growth is. Expect more of these deals. Where? Follow the money (i.e., emerging markets where Rx growth is still in high single to low double digits).

CVS Caremark is looking to acquire an 80% stake in Onofre, the eighth-largest pharmacy chain in Brazil, according to published reports.

Are you ready for the globalization of drug store retailing? DSN is. And we expect it to continue. Why? That's where the Rx growth is. Expect more of these deals. Where? Follow the money (i.e., emerging markets where Rx growth is still in high single- to low double-digits).

December 7, 2012

CVS Caremark is reportedly looking to expand outside of the United States by acquiring Onofre, the eighth-largest pharmacy chain in Brazil, according to published reports.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark is reportedly looking to expand outside of the United States by acquiring Onofre, the eighth-largest pharmacy chain in Brazil, according to published reports.

The Valor Economico newspaper reported that CVS Caremark plans to pay $313 million to acquire an 80% stake in Onofre and will also assume the company's debt.

“We don’t comment on market rumors,” CVS Caremark spokesman Mike DeAngelis told Drug Store News.

November 26, 2012

CVS Caremark announced on Monday that it has commenced tender offers to refinance a portion of its debt.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark announced on Monday that it has commenced tender offers to refinance a portion of its debt.

The company has commenced cash tender offers for any and all of the 6.6% senior notes due 2019 and up to a maximum amount of the 6.125% senior notes due 2016 and 5.75% senior notes due 2017 such that the aggregate principal amount of the maximum tender offer notes tendered and accepted for purchase is equal to $1 billion less the aggregate principal amount of the any and all notes tendered and accepted for purchase. 

November 16, 2012

Residents in counties across the country that participate in the National Association of Counties' Prescription Discount Card Program have saved more than $500 million on their prescription medications since the launch of the program in 2004, according to data released by NACo and CVS Caremark.

WASHINGTON and WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Residents in counties across the country that participate in the National Association of Counties' Prescription Discount Card Program have saved more than $500 million on their prescription medications since the launch of the program in 2004, according to data released by NACo and CVS Caremark.