CVS Pharmacy to acquire six of ProMedica’s outpatient pharmacy locations in Ohio

CVS Pharmacy and ProMedica will work together to ensure patients experience a seamless transition of care

WOONSOCKET, R.I. & TOLEDO, Ohio, 2017-Sep-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Pharmacy and ProMedica announced today (September 13, 2017) that CVS Pharmacy will acquire six of ProMedica’s outpatient pharmacy locations in Ohio. CVS Pharmacy will take over operations of ProMedica Pharmacy Counter, located at 3316 Navarre Ave. in Oregon, and will convert it to CVS Pharmacy in early November. The remaining five Toledo-area outpatient pharmacies acquired by CVS Pharmacy will be closed and all pharmacy files will be transferred to nearby CVS Pharmacy stores, beginning in mid-October.

CVS Pharmacy and ProMedica are working together to ensure the transition will be seamless for patients and their access to pharmacy care is not interrupted. The outpatient pharmacies that will close are listed below:

Additional information on closure dates will be communicated to patients in the upcoming weeks.

ProMedica will retain ownership of its other outpatient pharmacies at ProMedica Toledo Hospital, ProMedica Monroe Hospital and ProMedica Fostoria Hospital. ProMedica will also continue to operate its specialty, adherence (blister packaging) and home infusion pharmacies, as well as its home medical equipment business.

“ProMedica and CVS Pharmacy are working closely together to ensure patients experience a seamless transition of services and that their access to pharmacy care is not interrupted,” said Neeraj Kanwal, MD, senior vice president of inpatient and retail pharmacy at ProMedica. “We’re confident our patients will benefit from CVS Pharmacy’s unique clinical services.”

CVS Pharmacy offers a wide array of pharmacy services, including medication adherence programs, automatic refills to help patients take their medications on time and as directed, immunizations, text alerts to inform patients when their prescriptions are ready, and digital tools to help patients manage their prescriptions.

“We’re pleased to partner with ProMedica and look forward to bringing our innovative pharmacy care programs and services to its patients in Ohio,” said Alisa Ulrey, area vice president, CVS Pharmacy. “We are committed to continuing ProMedica and Pharmacy Counter’s tradition of providing excellent care to patients, and are excited to introduce our industry-leading offerings to patients.”

CVS Pharmacy expects to hire many of the Pharmacy Counter employees currently working at these locations.

“We’d like to thank our employees for their commitment to our patients and the high-quality service they provided over the years,” said Dr. Kanwal.

About CVS Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,700 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.

About ProMedica

ProMedica is a mission-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization serving northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. The 12-hospital system has more than 15,000 employees, nearly 2,100 physicians and advanced practice providers with privileges, and more than 800 healthcare providers employed by ProMedica Physicians. Additionally it offers a health plan, Paramount, which serves 331,000 members including more than 230,000 members in the statewide Medicaid plan. Driven by its Mission to improve your health and well-being, ProMedica offers a full range of diagnostic, medical and surgical specialties in areas such as emergency medicine and trauma, behavioral health, heart and vascular, oncology, orthopaedics, neurology, and women’s and children’s services. The health system has been nationally recognized for its advocacy programs and efforts to raise awareness about hunger as a health issue. For more information about ProMedica, please visit

www.promedica.org/aboutus. 

Media Contacts:

Amy Lanctot
Senior Manager, Public Relations
Amy.Lanctot@CVSHealth.com
401-770-2931

Tedra White
Director of Media and Public Relations
tedra.white@promedica.org
419-262-0371

Source: CVS Health

CVS Pharmacy implements time delay safes to help prevent robbery incidents and combat the ongoing opioid epidemic

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Pharmacy announced today (June 7, 2017) that it has implemented the use of time delay safes in more than 170 locations in the Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton markets as well as nearby locations in central and southern Ohio and northern Kentucky. This step will help prevent pharmacy robbery incidents and combat the ongoing opioid epidemic by keeping controlled substance narcotic medications from being misused or abused. Controlled substance narcotic medications that are sought after by robbers, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, will now be stored in time delay safes in every CVS Pharmacy location in these three markets.

Time delay safes help deter pharmacy robberies by electronically delaying the time it takes for pharmacy employees to be able to open the safe. Employees must enter a code to open the safe, which automatically triggers a wait time before the safe is electronically unlocked.

The time delay function cannot be overridden and is designed to serve as a deterrent to would-be pharmacy robbers whose goal is to enter and exit their robbery targets as quickly as possible. All CVS Pharmacy locations with time delay safes are displaying highly-visible signage to inform the public that time delay safes are in use to prevent on-demand access to controlled substance narcotics.

“Pharmacy robberies are a challenging issue for every pharmacy and we are committed to doing all we can to reduce the number of pharmacy robbery incidents in the Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton markets,” said Alisa Ulrey, Area Vice President of CVS Pharmacy in Ohio. “We believe that time delay safes, combined with other security policies and procedures in place at our stores, will help drastically reduce these incidents and ensure that our stores remain a safe environment for shopping and filling prescriptions.”

Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer said, “Drug Abuse continues to be a substantial health and safety risk in Montgomery County. With overdose deaths in Montgomery County being at an historical high, I believe any efforts to control substance narcotic medications that are sought after by robbers, such as oxycodone & hydrocodone, is welcome. I applaud CVS Pharmacy for taking this proactive step to combat the opioid epidemic in Montgomery County and across Ohio.”

CVS Health’s commitment to preventing and addressing prescription drug abuse extends to community education, efforts to encourage safe disposal of unused medication and increasing access to the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone. The company’s Pharmacists Teach program brings CVS Pharmacists to schools across the country to talk to students about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. More than 250,000 students across the country, including more than 10,000 in Ohio, have participated in the program.

CVS Health has also joined with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to create the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, which donates disposal units to local police departments, providing a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted medication. This program has collected more than 80 metric tons, or 175,000 pounds of unused prescriptions, keeping them out of medicine cabinets where they could be misused.

Additionally, CVS Health has worked with 41 states including Ohio and Kentucky to increase access to the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone, also known as Narcan. Patients can obtain this life-saving medication, which is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses, without an individual prescription in these states.

About CVS Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,700 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy is available at http://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contacts:

Erin Shields Britt
(401) 770-9237
Erin.Britt@CVSHealth.com

Amy Lanctot
(401) 770-2931
Amy.Lanctot@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health