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CVS Makes Big Move in Fight Against Heroin Deaths

Stores in 14 states can now offer overdose-antidote drug naloxone without prescription

(Newser) - People in 14 states can now walk into a CVS and pick up an opioid-overdose antidote without a prescription, the company announced yesterday. Naloxone was already available in stores in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, but now Arkansas, California, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah,... More »

How Tobacco-Free CVS Is Coping

Non-pharmacy sales dropped 8% in Q2

(Newser) - CVS banned cigarettes from its stores last fall and last month showed it's sticking to its anti-tobacco stance , believing it's the right thing to do. The company's sales say otherwise. Though CVS' prescription sales climbed 4% in the second quarter, sales outside the pharmacy fell by almost... More »

CVS Sticks to Its Anti-Tobacco Stance—Hard

It stubs out Chamber of Commerce membership

(Newser) - CVS kicked tobacco out of its stores last fall, and America's second-largest pharmacy chain is showing no signs of easing up on its anti-tobacco stance: It has stubbed out its relationship with the US Chamber of Commerce after a New York Times investigation found that the business group has... More »

CVS Opening Inside of Target

New stores will include CVS pharmacy; clinics to be rebranded

(Newser) - Target's pharmacy will be no more. CVS Health has announced a $1.9 billion acquisition deal that will see it take over more than 1,660 Target pharmacies across 47 states. CVS will also acquire Target's nearly 80 clinics, to be renamed for CVS' in-house MinuteClinic brand, Reuters... More »

Why a Crazy Amount of Drugs Just Flooded Baltimore's Streets

Enough drugs out there to keep city 'intoxicated for a year': commissioner

(Newser) - The unrest in Baltimore that took place in late April after the death of Freddie Gray veered into violence and looting , and some of the effects of that are just now being made clear. The Baltimore Sun reports "an extraordinary amount" of drugs were taken from 27 of the... More »

Ex-Cuba Prisoner, CVS Boss Among Michelle's Guests

President preps for State of the Union amid healthier poll numbers

(Newser) - President Obama goes into tomorrow's State of the Union address with some momentum : A Washington Post-ABC News poll finds his approval rating now stands at 50%, which is the highest since spring 2013; improving views on the economy are a big factor, the Post reports. Meanwhile, the White House... More »

2 Major Chains Dump Apple Pay

CVS-Rite Aid consortium reportedly working on own payment system for 2015

(Newser) - While buzz continues to build among consumers about Apple Pay , at least two retailers have already jumped ship: CVS and Rite Aid. But the drugstore chains didn't simply dump Apple Pay on a whim—they're part of MCX (short for Merchant Customer Exchange), a retailer consortium that's... More »

CVS Dumps Tobacco a Month Early

Chain changes name to CVS Health

(Newser) - The nation's second-largest pharmacy chain has kicked its tobacco-selling habit a month ahead of schedule, removing cigarettes and other tobacco products at all 7,700 CVS stores. The smokes were taken off the shelves at midnight and replaced with stop-smoking aids like nicotine gum, reports the AP , which notes... More »

Cops: Killer Heir Pees on Candy in Drug Store

Millionaire Robert Durst, 71, charged in Houston incident

(Newser) - Here’s something you don’t see every day—a multimillionaire peeing on a candy display in a CVS. That’s what Robert Durst is accused of doing Sunday in the upscale Texas shopping district Rice Village, KHOU reports. "He got his prescription, paid for it, exposed himself, urinated... More »

Lawsuit: CVS Blinded Me

Texas 65-year-old says chain gave him ear drops instead of eye drops

(Newser) - And now a story sure to fill you with confidence in your local pharmacist. A Houston-area man is suing CVS, claiming that a pharmacy screw-up blinded him in one eye. Claudis Alston, 65, went to the doctor in 2012 with a case of pink eye and got a prescription for... More »

Retailers Get Official Letter: 'Don't Sell Cigarettes'

Attorneys general urge major retailers to stop selling smokes

(Newser) - Five of America's major retailers received a letter yesterday urging them to do one thing: stop selling cigarettes. Written by a group of attorneys general, the letter asked Walmart, Kroger, Rite Aid, Safeway, and Walgreen to follow CVS's lead and pull tobacco products from the shelves entirely, NPR... More »

Experts: CVS Move Could Dent Smoking Rates

Inconvenience helps deter smokers, studies have shown

(Newser) - With hundreds of thousands of retailers in the US selling cigarettes, will CVS' landmark decision to end tobacco sales have any effect on smoking rates? Experts say it could have a major impact, both by putting more pressure on the tobacco industry and making it a little harder for people... More »

CVS Will Stop All Tobacco Sales by October

First retailer to drop cigarettes, other tobacco products

(Newser) - A sea change in CVS policy: By October 1, America's biggest pharmacy chain will no longer sell any tobacco products, parent company CVS Caremark announced today in what CEO Larry Merlo calls the "right thing for us to do." "We’ve got 26,000 pharmacists and... More »

McDonald's Is Most Visited Business in America

Nearly half of US consumers visited at least once last month, says study

(Newser) - Just how popular are the golden arches? So popular that nearly half of US consumers visited them last month, according to a new study spotted by the Consumerist . The study, from the new Placed Insights service, sought to determine which businesses Americans visit most. Fast food dominates the list, but... More »

CVS to Workers: Disclose Weight or Pay $600 Fine

Privacy group cries foul

(Newser) - CVS has touched a nerve with a new policy requiring workers to disclose a host of health data—including their weight, body fat and glucose levels, and blood pressure—or else pay an extra $50 a month for their health insurance. The move has drawn outrage from at least one... More »

CVS Gave Kids Cancer Drugs by Mistake

50 families were supposed to get fluoride tablets

(Newser) - Children from 50 families in New Jersey were accidentally given a breast cancer drug instead of chewable fluoride tablets, reports Gawker . Instead of a fluoride pill to prevent tooth decay, the children got Tamoxifen, a drug that prevents the production of estrogen. Fortunately, doctors say it should not have any... More »

CVS Fined $75M for Selling Meth Ingredient

Pharmacy chain punished for role in California drug 'spike'

(Newser) - The nation's largest retail pharmacy chain, CVS , is in trouble with the law for allowing customers to buy large amounts of cold medicine containing a key ingredient used in the manufacture of methamphetamine How much trouble? About $75 million worth. Federal authorities ruled that the chain didn't do enough to... More »

Suit Wants Pharmacies to Bust Drug Abusers

Lawsuit blames stores for zonked driver's accident

(Newser) - When a driver, high on painkillers, ran her car into two guys fixing a flat tire on the side of the highway, killing one of them, the victims' families filed a lawsuit—against the pharmacies that sold the painkillers. That case, pending before the Nevada Supreme Court, will be the... More »

Target Will Pay Shoppers to Bring Their Own Bags

Large retailers join smaller niche stores to offer rebates for reusing

(Newser) - Target and CVS will reward customers for using reusable shopping bags, and the efforts could take a billion plastic bags out of circulation. Though some retailers—notably Wal-Mart—have been slow to hop on the eco bandwagon, initiatives at smaller chains such as Whole Foods and Trader Joe's have met... More »

Petitioners to CVS: Free the Condoms!

Cites particular concern in poor and minority areas

(Newser) - A labor coalition is sponsoring a petition calling on CVS to stop locking up condoms, the Kansas City Star reports. More than 200 groups across the country have signed the appeal to stop the practice, which the mega-chain says is an anti-shoplifting measure but critics say scares off would-be shoppers.... More »

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