CVS Health joins the charge in collectively thinking “Beyond the Bag”

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It’s estimated that the U.S. alone uses 100 billion plastic bags per year, and less than 10 percent of these bags are recycled.

At the same time, the average retail plastic bag is only used for 12 minutes, but can last 500 to 1,000 years on Earth.

CVS Health recognizes and shares the concerns that many people have about the impact of single-use plastics on our environment and believes the retail bag needs reinventing.
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That’s why CVS Health recently joined Closed Loop Partners, and other leading retailers, including Target and Walmart, to launch a new initiative to reinvent the single-use retail plastic bag.  The Beyond the Bag Initiative aims to identify, pilot and implement new design solutions and models to create an improved customer experience without unintended environmental consequences.  

“We came to this initiative with both the health of the planet and the health of all people in mind,” said Eileen Howard Boone, SVP, Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy and Chief Sustainability Officer, CVS Health.  “We know they are inextricably linked.”

CVS Health’s participation in this initiative recognizes that reinventing the retail bag requires a coordinated industry approach and brings together many types of retailers to look at this question from a variety of angles.  The work will consider customers at all of the nearly 10,000 CVS Pharmacy locations, in rural, suburban and urban communities, where the need for a retail bag can be different.  Working with Closed Loop Partners and other companies that are part of this initiative, CVS Health will carefully consider the consumer experience as part of the work to innovate in this space.

The company’s participation in and its financial commitment to this initiative is just one step on its journey to transform health over the next decade. Launched in May, the company’s Transform Health 2030 corporate social responsibility roadmap outlines CVS Health’s commitment to positively impacting the people and communities it serves, while supporting the health of its business and the planet. In addition to working with the Beyond the Bag Initiative, CVS Health has set goals to reduce its overall environmental impacts and made commitments related to responsible sourcing and chemical management.

CVS Health’s commitment to this initiative is driven by the company’s purpose of helping people on their path to better health. Creating an innovative retail bag solution for the millions of customers the company serves will help to make both local communities and the whole planet a healthier place.

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CVS/pharmacy Renews Drug Collection Program in Recognition of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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WOONSOCKET, R.I., Sept. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --CVS/pharmacy announced today that is marking National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, September 27 by renewing its innovative community donation program to support local drug collection efforts by law enforcement.

In collaboration with The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, CVS/pharmacy has renewed its Medication Disposal for Safer Communities donation program, through which local police departments nationwide can apply to receive a drug collection unit to help their communities safely dispose of unwanted medications, including controlled substances. Launched last May, the program has awarded drug collection receptacles to more than 230 police departments across the country. New applications for these collection units are now being accepted at

"Police departments across the U.S. responded to our call for applications to receive a drug collection unit to help keep their communities safe and we are pleased to renew the program this fall," said Josh Flum, Senior Vice President of Retail Pharmacy at CVS Health. "A permanent drug disposal solution in our local police departments is a tangible symbol of our commitment to preventing prescription drug abuse. We look forward to continuing to partner with our local police through this donation program and through collection events at CVS/pharmacy locations on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day."

"CVS Health is a steadfast sponsor of the Partnership's national Medicine Abuse Project, and our partnership to provide permanent collection sites is yet another example of their commitment to ending teen medicine abuse," said Steve Pasierb, President & CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. "This collaboration is already having an impact, adding much-needed and additional collection sites in communities nationwide, reducing the availability of prescription medicines that can be abused. We encourage local law enforcement agencies to apply for collection receptacles and everyone to properly dispose of unwanted medications by taking part in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, September 27."

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day was established by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in 2010 to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means to dispose of prescription drugs, while educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Since its inception, more than 4.1 million pounds of unneeded medications have been collected at National Take Back Day events. To find a nearby Drug Take Back collection site, visit and click the "Got Drugs?" icon.

CVS/pharmacy is a long-time supporter of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and will host drug take back events managed by local law enforcement agencies at nearly 200 CVS/pharmacy locations across the U.S. this Saturday. The Company is also in the process of reviewing the new DEA rule effective this October that will increase the options people have to properly dispose of controlled substance medications in order to determine how its pharmacies can participate in the near future.

CVS/pharmacy's Medication Disposal for Safer Communities program and participation in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day are part of CVS Health's ongoing efforts to combat prescription drug abuse. Other efforts include:

  • CVS Health is the only pharmacy sponsor of the Medicine Abuse Project, a multi-year initiative of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids with the goal of preventing a half million teenagers from abusing prescription medication by 2017.
  • Working at the federal and state levels to implement policy changes to curb prescription drug abuse, such as mandatory electronic prescribing of controlled substances and improved prescription drug monitoring programs.
  • Supporting efforts to expand the availability and distribution of naloxone to prevent opioid overdoses, including state specific programs that allow pharmacists to dispense naloxone without a prescription through a Collaborative Practice Agreement or Standing Order with physicians. All CVS/pharmacy stores in the state of Rhode Island have such an agreement in place and other state programs are expected to be added in the future.
  • Ongoing identification of physicians who exhibit extreme patterns of prescribing high risk drugs such as pain medications and suspending the dispensing of controlled substance prescriptions they write.

About CVS/pharmacy

CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America's leading retail pharmacy with more than 7,700 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. 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 General information about CVS/pharmacy and CVS Health is available at


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CVS/pharmacy Takes Action to Protect Environment in Rhode Island; Will Collect Unused Medications at Store Events in April

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WOONSOCKET, R.I., March 26, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- CVS/pharmacy announced today that it will collect expired or unused medications from the public at two collection events in Rhode Island to be held at stores in the town of Coventry and the city of Cranston in April. (Logo: ) As the 40th anniversary of Earth Day approaches on April 22, 2010, CVS/pharmacy will help consumers properly dispose of their unwanted medication and prevent these drugs from potentially contaminating the environment. The collection events will be held on:

  • Saturday, April 3, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM: CVS/pharmacy in Coventry, 2250 New London Turnpike (at Centre of New England)
  • Saturday, April 10, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM: CVS/pharmacy in Cranston, 681 Reservoir Avenue

Members of the public are invited to bring their expired or unused medication, both prescription or over-the-counter, to either CVS/pharmacy collection event, which will be held in the parking lot of each location. CVS pharmacists will staff an on-site Mobile Pharmacy Unit to identify and catalogue the returned drugs. "The spring season is the perfect time for consumers to clean out their medicine cabinets to dispose of medications that have expired or are otherwise no longer being used," said Papatya Tankut, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Services at CVS/pharmacy. "By bringing these unwanted drugs to a CVS collection event in April, consumers will be helping to protect the environment. All medications collected at these events will be properly disposed of and destroyed." CVS/pharmacy's medication collection events will be conducted with the support of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, the Rhode Island State Board of Pharmacy, and the Coventry and Cranston Police Departments. Local police departments will be present at both collection events to take possession of any controlled substances that are brought for disposal. CVS/pharmacy recommends the following tips to consumers regarding the safe storage of their medication and when it is the proper time to discontinue use:

  • Expired medications may lose effectiveness and should not be taken after the expiration date.
  • When a drug goes untouched, the ingredients may decompose or evaporate, making the drug less effective. Some medications can also become rancid.
  • It is important that medication is stored properly to protect its effectiveness.
    • Heat, light and moisture can cause active ingredients to rapidly decompose, making a drug less effective.
    • Do not store medications where they can be exposed to extreme temperatures, excessive light, or moisture. Avoid locations such as the bathroom, above the stove or on a windowsill.
    • Most medications should be stored at room temperature, up to 75-85°F.
    • Do not store medication in the refrigerator, unless the pharmacist, label, or package insert advises refrigeration after opening.
    • In order to protect children, keep medication and vitamins out of reach and in a locked cabinet.
  • Being organized can help ensure medication compliance.
    • Overall, 30 to 50 percent of all people with chronic diseases fail to take their medications as prescribed.
    • Keeping a pill organizer in your medicine cabinet can be an easy way to keep track of your medication, especially if you are taking multiple medications daily.
    • Incorporating your medications into your daily routine can make it easier to remember to take them.
    • A Personal Medication Inventory tool, available for download on, can be used to help keep track of the time and date you take each medicine. It allows you to keep track of your medication, dosage, when and how often you should take your medication.

About CVS/pharmacy CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), is America's largest retail pharmacy with more than 7,000 CVS/pharmacy and Longs Drug stores. CVS/pharmacy is committed to improving the lives of those we serve by making innovative and high-quality health and pharmacy services safe, affordable and easy to access, both in its stores and online at General information about CVS/pharmacy and CVS Caremark is available at

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