CVS offers lower-cost fertility medications

CHICAGO Mon Nov 10, 2008 10:54am EST

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CHICAGO Nov 10 (Reuters) - CVS Caremark Corp (CVS.N) said on Monday it is offering discounts on fertility treatments to couples struggling with infertility and high medication costs.

The program is aimed at patients who do not have fertility medication health insurance coverage or who have exhausted their benefits for fertility medications.

CVS could not immediately provide details on the pricing of its plan.

CVS said about 7.3 million U.S. women and their partners, or about 12 percent of the reproductive-age population, are affected by infertility, citing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CVS is promoting the fertility treatment savings plan just as it rolls out a low-cost plan for common generic drugs. Under a plan launched on Sunday, shoppers can get 90-day prescriptions for more than 400 generic medications for $9.99 each at CVS drugstores when they pay an annual fee of $10.

About 45.7 million Americans were uninsured in 2007, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. (Reporting by Jessica Wohl; Editing by Brian Moss)

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