Today, CVS Pharmacy, retail division of CVS Health Corp. (NYSE: CVS), announced that they are now offering prescription drug and some over the counter medication delivery across all CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide. The over the counter medications include cold and flu remedies, allergy medications, pain relief, first aid, digestive health, vitamins, baby, personal and feminine care products, with plans to expand on products that are available for delivery.
This move comes in an attempt to stay ahead of Amazon, the online commerce company that offers free 2-day shipping, which is looking to expand into the prescription drug market. CVS will be shipping the products through USPS, which can leave the products at the door if customers are not at home to receive it.
"The rollout of delivery from nearly all of our 9,800 retail pharmacy locations nationwide represents another step forward for us in delivering innovative omnichannel solutions that help people on their path to better health," CVS Pharmacy's president, Kevin Hourican, said in a statement.
According to a CVS press release, customers can request to have their medications delivered to their front door through the CVS Pharmacy app or by calling their local CVS store and asking to have it delivered. CVS is the first national retailer to offer pharmacy and front store delivery chain-wide.
Unlike Amazon’s free 2-day shipping for Prime members, CVS patients will have to pay a delivery service charge of $4.99 for 1 to 2 day delivery. There is also same day prescription delivery currently only available in New York City, Boston, Miami, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. CVS guarantees same day delivery by 8:00 pm as long as orders are placed before 4:00 pm on weekdays and orders received before 11:00 am will be delivered by 4:00 pm on weekends.