Drugstore disruptors? Walmart, CVS want patients to skip trips to the doctor
The big chains are angling for a larger slice of health care spending as new state laws allow pharmacists to treat minor ailments.
By Fiona Rutherford and Brendan Case | August 31, 2023 at 10:46 AM
Walmart Inc., Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and CVS Health Corp. are rolling out new care options normally only available at doctor’s offices.
A new initiative, Testing and Treatment, provides services for strep throat, flu and COVID-19, which are now available from Walmart pharmacists in 12 states, the company said in a statement Tuesday. Walgreens will soon have a similar offering across 13 states. And CVS pharmacists will evaluate symptoms and prescribe flu antiviral medicine and cough suppressants in 10 states, although they won’t offer tests.