Published Online: Tuesday, May 1, 2007

At least 1 million innercity and rural youth will soon have the opportunity to learn about a career in pharmacy. The initiative is part of CVS/ pharmacy's partnership with America's Promise—The Alliance for Youth.

The pledge was announced at the official kickoff of the national Pathways to Pharmacy program for 2007. CVS/pharmacy started the program in 2000 to help underprivileged youth take the first step in a pharmacy career. Because becoming a pharmacist involves at least 6 years of focused graduate and undergraduate study, and graduate pharmacy programs have a low percentage of black and Hispanic students, CVS/pharmacy hopes to make the path more accessible to disadvantaged students. In addition, as many pharmacists retire over the next decade, and, in anticipation of growing pharmaceutical needs nationwide, the retail chain is helping to prepare the next generation of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

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