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eHealthcare Leadership names CVS customer page best overall healthcare site

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS Caremark’s consumer home page, located at CVS.com, was named “Best Overall Internet Site” for 2008 in the consumer healthcare product sales category by the eHealthcare Leadership Awards sponsored by eHealthcare Strategy & Trends magazine.

Taking second place honors for “Best Health Care/Health Content” in the consumer general healthcare category was yourhealthconnection.com, a consumer health and information site operated by CVS Caremark subsidiary Consumer Health Interactive.

The HealthCare Leadership Awards program recognizes the best Web sites across a broad spectrum of healthcare organizations, including providers, health plans and healthcare organizations.

CVS.com and youhealthconnection.com were chosen by an independent panel of judges among more than 1,100 entries competing in one of 17 areas across 12 different award categories.

“We are thrilled the Internet healthcare industry has recognized several of our consumer Web sites for providing meaningful healthcare information for our customers,” said Helena Foulkes, senior vice president of health services for CVS Caremark. “CVS.com is an extension of our in-store experience and mission for more than 4 million customers who look to CVS/pharmacy for a broad spectrum of personal health and retail needs. This award is a result of our passion to deliver on our mission, which is: to improve the lives of those we serve by making innovative and high-quality health and pharmacy services safe, affordable and easy to access.”

CVS.com, which was re-launched in July 2008, won the platinum award for overall Web design, interactivity, integration, health content, medical care support and ease of navigation. Yourhealthconnection.com was honored with a silver award for providing extensive, balanced, current and organized consumer healthcare content presented in a customized format for individual consumers. The health information content in yourhealthconnection.com is identical to the Health Information section of CVS.com.

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Sepracor may get incentives to keep its business local

BY Alaric DeArment

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. Drug maker Sepracor might get tax breaks for building in its hometown.

The MetroWest Daily News reports that the company is constructing new buildings in Marlborough, Mass., and will create 250 new jobs. Local officials proposed the tax breaks to give Sepracor incentives for further development, and the company may save $4.1 million.

The city’s finance committee will vote on the proposal Monday.

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H-E-B, RediClinic open largest U.S. retail clinic in Houston area

BY Antoinette Alexander

HOUSTON Clinic operator RediClinic has opened its 15th Houston-area convenient care clinic in the new H-E-B store that, according to the Convenient Care Association, is the largest retail-based clinic in the United States.

The 926-square-foot clinic features three exam rooms and a room specifically for blood draws.

“We are delighted to be expanding out footprint in our home market with the opening of our 15th Greater Houston clinic,” said Web Golinkin, chief executive officer of RediClinic. “The larger clinic design in H-E-B’s new Bunker Hill store enables us to treat more patients and gives us more flexibility in adding new services.”

RediClinic operates 21 clinics in H-E-B stores in Houston and Austin; and 15 clinics in Wal-Mart stores in Atlanta, Ga.; Fayetteville and Rogers, Ark.; Richmond, Va.; and Tulsa, Okla.

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