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Clarification: Drug Store News’ Reporters Notebook

BY Drug Store News Team

NEW YORK In the Dec. 14 issue of Drug Store News’ print edition, an item regarding the Didit patient compliance system featured the wrong Web address. It should read: “More information can be found at www.thedidit.com.”

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Bayer with an easy-to-open cap

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK Bayer has introduced its own easy grip cap for arthritis users, diabetics or people with carpal tunnel.

And with the low-dose 81-mg aspirin for the prevention of a second heart attack or stroke, disease states that still skew older than younger, the new caps ought to be well received among Bayer’s low-dose aspirin core users.

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CVS Caremark reports 15% quarterly dividend

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS Caremark announced on Tuesday that its board of directors has approved an increase in its quarterly dividend of approximately 15%, to 8.75 cents per share on the common stock.

The increase is payable Feb. 2, 2010, to holders of record on Jan. 22, 2010, and translates into an annual rate of 35 cents per share, up 4.5 cents per share from the previous rate of 30.5 cents.

“An annual review of our dividend is an essential component of our company’s capital allocation strategy, and I’m pleased to note that this marks our seventh consecutive year of dividend increases,” stated Dave Denton, EVP and CFO. “This considerable increase reflects our continued strong financial performance, our optimism with respect to future growth and our significant cash generation capabilities. It also reflects our ongoing commitment to enhancing total returns for our shareholders.”

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