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    CVS pharmacy sales offset lost tobacco revenues

    CVS Caremark reported a drop in front-store sales as a result of its decision to phase out tobacco products, but pharmacy sales drove second-quarter earnings past Wall Street expectations.

    CVS reported second-quarter earnings increased 11%. CVS officials attributed the earnings increase to specialty drug sales through its retail outlets and its pharmacy benefits manager (PBM).

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    CVS reported that revenue from its PBM increased 16%. Operating profits from the PBM jumped 30%. Pharmacy same-store sales increased 5%, driving overall same-store sales up 3.3%.

    CVS CEO Larry Merlo said the PBM gives the company a chance to "not just manage the specialty drug but manage the specialty patient."

    Mark Lowery, Editor
    Mark Lowery an Editor for Drug Topics magazine.

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