On Friday, Oct. 9, in advance of World Arthritis Day on Oct. 12, CVS Health announced the expansion of their national partnership with the Arthritis Foundation to aid in the advancement of arthritis advocacy, research and patient support. CVS/specialty, the specialty pharmacy of CVS Health, is being designated an Arthritis Foundation Partner for Better Living℠ and will be the first and only specialty pharmacy partner—furthering the Foundation’s longstanding partnership with CVS/pharmacy.
“Our expanded partnership with the Arthritis Foundation will allow us to extend our purpose of helping people on their path to better health by supporting an organization dedicated to advancing education, access to care, advancements in science and community connections for people with arthritis,” said Alan Lotvin, MD, executive vice president of specialty pharmacy for CVS/caremark, the pharmacy benefits manager of CVS Health. “CVS/specialty is a different kind of pharmacy with services that offer convenience, care and support for our patients with complex conditions, like rheumatoid arthritis, so they have the freedom to focus on every part of their lives, not just their condition.”
As a Partner for Better Living, CVS/specialty helps people with certain forms of arthritis take control of managing their complex condition by supporting them with specialized tools, personalized care and convenient access to medications. The Foundation aims to strategically utilize CVS/specialty’s unique model to make it easier for patients with individually varying conditions to start and stay on their prescriptions.
“We’re pleased to expand the important work we’re doing with CVS Health as the Arthritis Foundation continues to help people living with arthritis conquer everyday battles,” said Ann M. Palmer, president and chief executive officer of the Arthritis Foundation. “We know that access to information and treatment is crucial for people living with arthritis, and with CVS/specialty as a Partner for Better Living, we are now able to better support the millions of Americans with arthritis, including the 1.5 million with rheumatoid arthritis requiring specialty medicines.”
CVS/specialty provides the support of a Care Team made up of pharmacists and nurses who specialize in chronic conditions, like rheumatoid arthritis, as well as insurance specialists who can aid those with financial hardships to find assistance. Patients also have access to personalized specialty infusion care conveniently provided in the home or at an alternative infusion suite. In addition, CVS/specialty simplifies getting started on therapy by offering patients the choice of pickup at their local CVS/pharmacy, or delivery to their home, office or other location. Patients have access to online tools and a free mobile app where they can order refills, track deliveries and get reminders to help them stay on track.
Since 2014, CVS/pharmacy has also been an Arthritis Foundation ‘Partner for Better Living’ and a one-stop-shop for arthritis-related products, services and resources in-store and online.