MinuteClinic Introduces New Services Just In Time for Back to School

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 17, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- MinuteClinic, the pioneer and largest provider of retail-based health care in the United States, is making it easy and affordable for students to go back to school healthy by offering a series of new services that include acne care, sports and college physicals and treatment for minor skin conditions.

The expanded services, provided at convenient MinuteClinic locations inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in 25 states complement an already robust menu of treatments for minor conditions often encountered by students at the beginning of the school year such as conjunctivitis (pink-eye), sore throat, ear infection and mononucleosis.

In addition, MinuteClinic offers nine vaccinations for children including shots for meningitis prevention that are now required by colleges prior to students arriving on campus. Seasonal flu shots for children and adults will be offered daily on demand at MinuteClinic locations nationwide beginning in early September. Teachers and students in medical and nursing schools can also come to MinuteClinic for required TB testing.

MinuteClinic health care centers are open seven days a week with extended evening and weekend hours. No appointment is necessary

"We are a convenient and affordable health care destination for parents and young adults trying to care for personal and medical needs before the school year begins," said Donna Haugland, MinuteClinic chief nursing officer. "Our new acne care services, in particular, can help ease the concerns many teenagers have about skin conditions and pimple breakouts."

Acne is the most common skin disorder among Americans. About 80 percent of preteens and teens develop acne during puberty, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). MinuteClinic nurse practitioners counsel patients on proper skin care based on their skin type, make recommendations on over the counter (OTC) acne remedies and, if clinically appropriate, prescribe topical antibiotics or retinoids for moderate cases. Exams and counseling for acne care are $62 and most insurance is accepted.

For sports and college physicals, MinuteClinic nurse practitioners measure height and weight, review the student's health history and current medications, ensure all necessary immunizations are up to date and conduct a physical exam. At the conclusion of the visit, the practitioner gives each patient a MinuteClinic physical form stating the results of the exam. Forms provided by schools are stamped by the practitioner and reference the results on the official MinuteClinic form. Exams are $30, and additional charges may apply depending on exam requirements. Insurance is not accepted for physical exams.

Lice and scabies are highly contagious skin conditions caused by parasites living under the skin that can affect individuals of all social classes. MinuteClinic practitioners diagnose and treat patients suffering from lice or scabies infestation, offer OTC or prescription recommendations for relieving itching and rashes and provide advice on how to eliminate the parasites and prevent their spread among family members and friends.

MinuteClinic health care centers are staffed by masters-prepared, board certified nurse practitioners who specialize in family health care and are trained to diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common family illnesses such as strep throat and ear, eye, sinus, bladder and bronchial infections. Minor wounds, abrasions and joint sprains are treated, and common vaccinations such as influenza, tetanus, MMR, and Hepatitis A & B are available at all locations. In addition, MinuteClinic administers a series of wellness services designed to help consumers identify lifestyle changes needed to improve their current and future health, including screenings for diabetes, hypertension and obesity.

MinuteClinic is in-network with most insurance companies, so patients are responsible for either their copay or the price listed on the treatments and services menu. For those who are uninsured or prefer to pay out-of-pocket, MinuteClinic accepts cash, checks and credit cards.

About MinuteClinic

Minneapolis-based MinuteClinic is a subsidiary of CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), the No. 1 provider of prescriptions and related health care services in the nation. MinuteClinic launched the first retail health care centers in the United States in 2000 and is the first provider to establish a national presence with about 500 locations in 25 states. By creating a health care delivery model that responds to consumer demand, MinuteClinic makes access to high-quality medical treatment easier for more Americans. The company has generated more than 4 million patient visits, with a 95 percent customer satisfaction rating. A recognized leader in the patient-centric health care movement, MinuteClinic consistently brings innovation to the marketplace and sets new standards for clinical quality that exceed the national guidelines established for store-based clinics by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). MinuteClinic is the first retail health care provider to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the national evaluation and certifying agency for nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. For more information, visit www.MinuteClinic.com.