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CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS), headquartered in Woonsocket, RI, is the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States with integrated offerings across the entire spectrum of pharmacy care. Through our unique suite of assets, we are reinventing pharmacy to offer innovative solutions that help people on their path to better health. We are focused on enhancing access to care, lowering overall health care costs for customers and payors, and improving health outcomes. We are uniquely positioned to deliver significant benefits to health plan sponsors through effective cost management solutions and innovative programs that engage plan members and promote healthier and more cost-effective behaviors. Our integrated pharmacy services model enhances our ability to offer plan members and consumers expanded choice, greater access and more personalized services. We effectively manage pharmaceutical costs and improve health care outcomes through our pharmacy benefit management (PBM), mail order and specialty pharmacy division, CVS Caremark® Pharmacy Services, our CVS/pharmacy® retail stores, our retail-based medical clinic subsidiary, MinuteClinic® and our online retail pharmacy, CVS.com®.
Our Pharmacy Services business provides a full range of PBM services, including mail order and specialty pharmacy services, plan design and administration, formulary management, discounted drug purchase arrangements, Medicare Part D services, retail pharmacy network management services, prescription management systems, clinical services and disease management services. Our clients are primarily employers, insurance companies, unions, government employee groups, managed care organizations and other sponsors of health benefit plans, and individuals throughout the United States.
As a pharmacy benefit manager, we manage the dispensing of pharmaceuticals through our mail order pharmacies and national network of approximately 67,000 retail pharmacies (which includes our CVS/pharmacy stores) to eligible members in the benefit plans maintained by our clients and utilize our information systems to perform, among other things, safety checks, drug interaction screenings and brand to generic substitutions.
Our specialty pharmacies support individuals that require complex and expensive therapies. Our specialty pharmacy business includes mail order and retail specialty pharmacies that operate under the CVS Caremark® and CarePlus CVS/pharmacy® names. Substantially all of our mail services specialty pharmacies have been accredited by The Joint Commission, which is an independent, not-forprofit organization that accredits and certifies health care organizations and programs in the United States.
Our Retail Pharmacy business sells prescription drugs and a wide assortment of general merchandise, including over-the-counter drugs, beauty products and cosmetics, photo finishing, seasonal merchandise, greeting cards and convenience foods through our CVS/pharmacy® and Longs Drugs® retail stores and online through CVS.com®. Our Retail Pharmacy business derives the majority of its revenues through the sale of prescription drugs, which are dispensed by our more than 26,000 retail pharmacists. The role of our retail pharmacists is shifting from primarily dispensing prescriptions to also providing services, including flu vaccinations as well as face-to-face patient counseling with respect to adherence to drug therapies, closing gaps in care, and more cost-effective therapies.
Our Retail Pharmacy business also provides health care services through MinuteClinic®, our retail-based medical clinics. MinuteClinics are staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants who utilize nationally recognized protocols to diagnose and treat minor health conditions, perform health screenings, monitor chronic conditions and deliver vaccinations.
We employ approximately 200,000 colleagues and have facility locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Brazil. At year-end 2012, we operated 7,458 retail drugstores and 640 MinuteClinic locations, and had 31 retail specialty pharmacies, 12 specialty mail order pharmacies, four mail service pharmacies, 18 onsite pharmacies, and our CVS.com and Caremark.com websites. During 2012, the Company increased the number of CVS/pharmacy locations by more than 100, and added 100 new MinuteClinic locations.
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