Last Tuesday Edison and I were asked to come celebrate the opening of Target’s new in-store CVS Pharmacy at Northgate. The pharmacies have opened in several metropolitan areas in Washington, including Olympia, Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma with a store-within-a-store format. This means that the CVS Pharmacy many of you are familiar with is now part of your favorite shopping experience too. In addition to the CVS Pharmacy locations in Target, CVS Pharmacy currently operates seven free-standing stores in Washington. With the addition of the 30 rebranded CVS Pharmacy in Target locations, the company is expanding its reach in the state and is introducing Target guests to its suite of innovative pharmacy care services.
What’s fabulous about the CVS Pharmacy in Target:
Maintenance Choice, a program that lets CVS Caremark plan members choose to fill 90-day supplies of medications for chronic conditions either through mail service or at any CVS Pharmacy location, is now available in all pharmacies in Target.
Pharmacy Advisor, a program in which CVS Caremark plan members diagnosed with chronic conditions receive face-to-face counseling when they choose to fill prescriptions at CVS Pharmacy or by phone when they choose mail service pharmacy, will be available by the end of 2016.
Specialty Connect, a feature of CVS Specialty which gives patients the option to pick up their specialty prescriptions at any CVS Pharmacy, will be available to patients as Target pharmacies convert to CVS Pharmacy.
While we were at Target for the grand opening of their new CVS Pharmacy, I downloaded the CVS App. The digital tools, whether on CVS.com or through their convenient app will allow customers to manage prescriptions and stay on track with their medications. Patients who utilize CVS Pharmacy’s digital offerings are also able to scan their pill bottles to order refills of their prescriptions and receive medication reminders while benefiting from easier in-store pickup. CVS Pharmacy’s leading ExtraCare loyalty program and the opt-in ExtraCare Pharmacy & Health Rewards will allow patients to earn $5 in ExtraBucks Rewards for every 10 prescriptions filled. Patients can also earn rewards for the other things they do to stay healthy, like getting immunizations or choosing email refill reminders. Scanning your pill bottles? Wow! Talk about convenience!
As a mom, it’s important that I live in an area with great health care for my children. I’m very thankful we have Seattle Children’s Hospital as a choice. CVS agrees they are amazing too, and since they like to give back to the communities where their employees work, they made a $50,000 donation to Seattle Children’s Hospital! The funding will be used to support the hospital’s work to help the state’s children on their path to better health and to increase access to vital pediatric health care services. Donations like those are what make a difference in care for children like mine!
In December 2015, CVS Health acquired all Target pharmacies and retail clinics across 47 states. In addition, a CVS Pharmacy will be included in all new Target stores that offer pharmacy services and Target clinic locations will be rebranded as MinuteClinic over the next few months. The acquisition expands CVS Health’s pharmacy footprint by approximately 20 percent and its clinic footprint by about 8 percent. CVS Health now has a presence in every state.
I’m going to look forward to seeing a recognizable nationwide pharmacy conveniently located in a store where I do my regular shopping.
To learn more about the Target pharmacy transition, customers can visit www.cvs.com/target.