CVS Health expands partnership with Arthritis Foundation

CVS Health said on Friday that it is expanding its partnership with the Arthritis Foundation to help progress advocacy, research and patient support.

CVS/specialty, the specialty pharmacy of CVS Health, will be labeled an Arthritis Foundation 'Partner for Better Living' and will be the group's only specialty pharmacy partner.

The announcement comes ahead of World Arthritis Day on Monday.

"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," Alan Lotvin, executive vice president of specialty pharmacy for CVS/caremark, the pharmacy benefits manager of CVS Health, said. "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."

"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," Ann  Palmer, president and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation, said. "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 Health is reinventing pharmacy to have a more active, supportive role in health care.

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