Resolution - CVS Caremark Corp.

WHEREAS, CVS Caremark Corporation is the nation’s largest retail drugstore chain and leading source of prescription drugs and as such should demonstrate integrity and accountability in providing quality medicine, goods and services; and
WHEREAS, CVS has a questionable record on customer health and safety, including a pattern of selling expired products in many of its stores and selling CVS brand products sourced from overseas factories that have drawn the attention of regulators because of lapses in quality control; and
WHEREAS, CVS  fails to provide equal access to its stores and services to low-income communities and communities of color. Nationwide, CVS locates many fewer stores per person in communities of color than in mostly white areas. CVS also locates more stores per person in the most affluent communities than those where lower-income people live’ and
WHEREAS, CVS focuses anti-theft measures on communities of color. CVS’s anti-theft measures signal distrust of people of color. In many markets, CVS uses anti-theft tagging more heavily in stores in majority-people of color areas than in predominantly white areas; and
WHEREAS, CVS fails to protect private information. CVS recently settled federal complaints that it failed to protect medical and financial privacy of customers and employees. CVS tracks and sells some of its customer purchase data to companies that in turn sell the information to drug manufacturers for marketing purposes; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the State Director of Texas LULAC appoint a statewide committee to investigate these concerns and meet with CVS. If concerns are not addressed and resolved with CVS the committee will then meet with appropriate local, state and federal to take corrective action.

Approved this 18th day of July 2009.

Rosa Rosales
LULAC National President