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CVS announces management plan to help couples in paying fertility care expenses

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS Caremark has announced the launch of a Fertility Managed Plan to help couples who do not have fertility medication health insurance coverage or have exhausted their benefit for fertility medications.

The Fertility Managed Plan is not insurance and savings are only available through CVS Caremark Specialty Pharmacy. Through the program, eligible patients can receive access to such services as a dedicated interdisciplinary Fertility CareTeam, pharmacist-led care coordination, egg donor medication services, reimbursement services, access to medications and supplies required for a typical treatment cycle, and timely delivery of medication anywhere in the United States.

“We recognize that fertility medications can be expensive and that this may pose a barrier for some couples considering treatment,” Joan O’Rourke, vice president of strategic operations for CVS Caremark Specialty Pharmacy said. “The CVS Caremark Fertility Managed Plan can help couples dealing with infertility access discounted fertility medications, while also providing them with comprehensive medication information, proactive education and personalized support that are the hallmarks of the CVS Caremark Specialty Pharmacy Fertility Care Program.”

For more information, patients can call 888-826-5632 or visit www.caremark.com/fertility.

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Jewel-Osco extends Prescription Plus offerings for more customers to get flu shots

BY Alaric DeArment

ITASCA, Ill. A retail pharmacy chain is reminding patients to use their prescription medications properly and get vaccinated despite the difficult economy.

Jewel-Osco Pharmacy will extend its Prescription Plus Rewards Programs through Jan. 31, allowing frequent pharmacy customers to save money on groceries. The program offers customers a 10 percent discount coupon for every five prescriptions they fill at the pharmacy using a discount card.

“As pharmacists, our foremost concern is helping our patients comply with their prescribed medication therapies,” Jewel-Osco vice president for pharmacy operations Tom Rousonelos said. “We’re extending the length of Prescription Plus in response to a real need our pharmacy customers tell us they have for the continuous opportunities to reduce their grocery bills through this program.”

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FDA approves Aurobindo’s generic version of Zoloft

BY Alaric DeArment

ROCKVILLE, Md. The Food and Drug Administration has approved Aurobindo’s application for sertraline hydrochloride oral concentrate, FDA records show.

The drug is a generic version of Pfizer’s antidepressant Zoloft. Roxane and Ranbaxy also offer generic versions.

The FDA approved sertraline hydrochloride tablets from Aurobindo in February 2007. The oral concentrate formulation received approval on Oct. 31.

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