CVS/pharmacy® Joins the Millions® in the Movement to Stop Diabetes®

Alexandria,
October 1, 2012

The American Diabetes Association announced today that this November’s American Diabetes Month is sponsored by the CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare Advantage for Diabetes® savings program, a  free offering that provides exclusive savings, prescription management services, recipes,  and pharmacist tips developed exclusively for those living with the disease as well as their caregivers. 
 
Starting on Oct. 1, 2012, the Association will be asking the public to become part of the movement to Stop Diabetes by sharing a personal image on the Association’s main Facebook page representing what “A Day in the Life of Diabetes” means to them. The image can be a picture of themselves or someone they care about, or otherwise represent how the disease impacts their lives.  Successfully managing diabetes can be a herculean task, making what might seem like an otherwise ordinary life rather extraordinary. Using imagery, the power of social engagement and a larger-than-life stage, light will be shed on the issue of diabetes and those who live with it each and every day.

To encourage individuals to share photos of A Day in the Life of Diabetes on Facebook, CVS/pharmacy will donate $1 to the American Diabetes Association for every photo/image uploaded, up to $25,000.

“American Diabetes Month is a time to communicate the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of diabetes prevention and control,” stated Larry Hausner, CEO, American Diabetes Association.  “We are excited to be working with CVS/pharmacy to will help us further our reach and raise critical awareness about this deadly disease during November.”

Nearly 26 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes.  An additional 79 million Americans are at high risk for type 2 diabetes.  Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.

“CVS/pharmacy is proud to be part of the movement to Stop Diabetes by sponsoring American Diabetes Month,” said Papatya Tankut, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Services, CVS/pharmacy.   “We understand the importance of raising awareness among our customers so that they can better manage their disease.  We look forward to working with the American Diabetes Association in helping to further their mission.”

About CVS/pharmacy
CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), is America's leading retail pharmacy with more than 7,300 CVS/pharmacy and Longs Drug stores. CVS/pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS/pharmacy and CVS Caremark is available at http://info.cvscaremark.com.

To sign-up and learn more about the CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare Advantage for Diabetes® savings program, visit CVS.com/diabetes.

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)