This month, CVS Caremark Corp. plans to host live Facebook chats to answer patients' questions about diabetes and chronic condition management.


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CVS to host Facebook chats on diabetes

November 4th, 2011

WOONSOCKET, R.I. – This month, CVS Caremark Corp. plans to host live Facebook chats to answer patients' questions about diabetes and chronic condition management.

The company said Thursday that in the chats, part of its ongoing support for diabetes patients and done in recognition of American Diabetes Month, CVS pharmacists and MinuteClinic nurse practitioners will offer insights to diabetes patients about filling their prescriptions on time, continuing to take their medications as prescribed and monitoring their conditions regularly.

MinuteClinic will host a live online event on Nov. 8 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. ET that can be accessed through the MinuteClinic Facebook page. The following week, CVS/pharmacy will host a live online event with a CVS pharmacist on Nov. 15 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. ET that can be accessed by logging on to the CVS/pharmacy Facebook page.

"As a pharmacy innovator, we have created a number of programs to help the nearly 26 million Americans who have diabetes manage their condition and find new and effective ways to put them on a path to better health," Troy Brennan, chief medical officer of CVS Caremark, said in a statement

CVS Caremark noted that many patients are drawn to social media to share information and find support and strategies for living with chronic disease. Yet recent company research has showed great variability in the standards used to ensure that websites effectively provide information and answers to important health-related questions.

"We are committed to providing high-quality, accurate information through this medium," Brennan stated.

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