Caremark and HealthTalk Interactive(R) Inc. Form Strategic Alliance

Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from Caremark Inc.

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Caremark Inc., a subsidiary of
 Caremark Rx, Inc. (NYSE:   CMX), and a leading prescription benefit manager
 (PBM), and HealthTalk Interactive(R), a leading online producer of medical
 patient education content, today announced an agreement to provide programs
 via the Internet utilizing an innovative format to educate consumers and to
 provide them with information about certain chronic diseases and conditions.
     Caremark will be highlighted on existing HealthTalk Interactive(R)
 "patient education networks" focusing on multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid
 arthritis, and hepatitis C. on the www.healthtalk.com Web site.  The companies
 will work together to create additional networks which utilize in-depth Q&A
 sessions between medical specialists and actual patients in order to provide
 users with the latest information about their disease or condition.  By
 clicking through to Caremark's site, patients will then have access to
 information and services related to obtaining specialty pharmaceuticals.
 HealthTalk Interactive's "networks" will also be highlighted on Caremark's
 patient Web site, www.RxRequest.com .
     Caremark's Chief Medical Officer, Joseph Addiego, MD stated; "When an
 individual is diagnosed with a chronic disease or condition they typically
 seek out information from a wide variety of sources.  This interactive, real
 life programming provides patients and clinicians alike with the latest in
 medical information and provides the consumer with a sense of community.
 Caremark Therapeutic Services has been providing specialty pharmaceuticals and
 quality services to patients with chronic disease for over 22 years.  This
 agreement with HealthTalk Interactive provides additional value to our
 patients and to the clinicians involved in their healthcare."
     Dan Burns, HealthTalk Interactive's Chief Executive Officer, said,
 "HealthTalk Interactive's goal is to 'fill the information gap' that often
 exists for patients when they receive a serious diagnosis or have a long-term
 chronic health condition.  Providing an accessible means for these patients to
 receive related prescription services is a critical part of achieving this
 goal."
 
     HealthTalk Interactive, Inc. (HTI) provides extensive, in-depth education
 for patients and families coping with serious chronic and long-term health
 conditions.  HealthTalk Interactive frequently works closely with major
 patient advocacy groups to reach patients nationwide.  HTI is a pioneer in
 electronic, interactive communications with patients, family members and
 healthcare professionals.  Patient education networks have been developed for
 several health conditions including certain cancers, asthma, diabetes,
 arthritis and women's health.  Leading physicians and researchers provide
 perspective on conditions as well as existing and emerging treatments
 resulting in on-site visitor times ranging from 12 to 45 minutes.  HealthTalk
 Interactive's healthtalk.com educates and empowers consumers and healthcare
 professionals.  For more information, visit www.healthtalk.com .
 
     Caremark is a leading prescription benefit manager (PBM), providing
 comprehensive drug benefit services to over 1,200 health plan sponsors and
 holding contracts to serve over 20 million participants throughout the U.S.
 Caremark's clients include managed care organizations, insurance companies,
 corporate health plans, unions, government agencies and other funded benefit
 plans. The company operates a national retail pharmacy network with over
 50,000 participating pharmacies, three state-of-the-art mail service
 pharmacies, the industry's only FDA-regulated repackaging plant, and seventeen
 JCAHO-accredited specialized therapeutic pharmacies for delivery of advanced
 medications to patients with chronic or genetic diseases and disorders. For
 more information, please visit Caremark's Web site at www.caremark.com.
     Additional information about Caremark Rx is available on the World Wide
 Web at http:\\www.caremarkrx.com and www.frbinc.com
     For further information on Caremark Rx, Inc. via facsimile at no cost,
 simply dial 1-800-PRO-INFO and enter the company code CMX.
 
 

SOURCE Caremark Inc.
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Caremark Inc., a subsidiary of
 Caremark Rx, Inc. (NYSE:   CMX), and a leading prescription benefit manager
 (PBM), and HealthTalk Interactive(R), a leading online producer of medical
 patient education content, today announced an agreement to provide programs
 via the Internet utilizing an innovative format to educate consumers and to
 provide them with information about certain chronic diseases and conditions.
     Caremark will be highlighted on existing HealthTalk Interactive(R)
 "patient education networks" focusing on multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid
 arthritis, and hepatitis C. on the www.healthtalk.com Web site.  The companies
 will work together to create additional networks which utilize in-depth Q&A
 sessions between medical specialists and actual patients in order to provide
 users with the latest information about their disease or condition.  By
 clicking through to Caremark's site, patients will then have access to
 information and services related to obtaining specialty pharmaceuticals.
 HealthTalk Interactive's "networks" will also be highlighted on Caremark's
 patient Web site, www.RxRequest.com .
     Caremark's Chief Medical Officer, Joseph Addiego, MD stated; "When an
 individual is diagnosed with a chronic disease or condition they typically
 seek out information from a wide variety of sources.  This interactive, real
 life programming provides patients and clinicians alike with the latest in
 medical information and provides the consumer with a sense of community.
 Caremark Therapeutic Services has been providing specialty pharmaceuticals and
 quality services to patients with chronic disease for over 22 years.  This
 agreement with HealthTalk Interactive provides additional value to our
 patients and to the clinicians involved in their healthcare."
     Dan Burns, HealthTalk Interactive's Chief Executive Officer, said,
 "HealthTalk Interactive's goal is to 'fill the information gap' that often
 exists for patients when they receive a serious diagnosis or have a long-term
 chronic health condition.  Providing an accessible means for these patients to
 receive related prescription services is a critical part of achieving this
 goal."
 
     HealthTalk Interactive, Inc. (HTI) provides extensive, in-depth education
 for patients and families coping with serious chronic and long-term health
 conditions.  HealthTalk Interactive frequently works closely with major
 patient advocacy groups to reach patients nationwide.  HTI is a pioneer in
 electronic, interactive communications with patients, family members and
 healthcare professionals.  Patient education networks have been developed for
 several health conditions including certain cancers, asthma, diabetes,
 arthritis and women's health.  Leading physicians and researchers provide
 perspective on conditions as well as existing and emerging treatments
 resulting in on-site visitor times ranging from 12 to 45 minutes.  HealthTalk
 Interactive's healthtalk.com educates and empowers consumers and healthcare
 professionals.  For more information, visit www.healthtalk.com .
 
     Caremark is a leading prescription benefit manager (PBM), providing
 comprehensive drug benefit services to over 1,200 health plan sponsors and
 holding contracts to serve over 20 million participants throughout the U.S.
 Caremark's clients include managed care organizations, insurance companies,
 corporate health plans, unions, government agencies and other funded benefit
 plans. The company operates a national retail pharmacy network with over
 50,000 participating pharmacies, three state-of-the-art mail service
 pharmacies, the industry's only FDA-regulated repackaging plant, and seventeen
 JCAHO-accredited specialized therapeutic pharmacies for delivery of advanced
 medications to patients with chronic or genetic diseases and disorders. For
 more information, please visit Caremark's Web site at www.caremark.com.
     Additional information about Caremark Rx is available on the World Wide
 Web at http:\\www.caremarkrx.com and www.frbinc.com
     For further information on Caremark Rx, Inc. via facsimile at no cost,
 simply dial 1-800-PRO-INFO and enter the company code CMX.
 
 SOURCE  Caremark Inc.

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