CVS asks pharmacists in some states to verify prescriptions will not end pregnancy
CVS Health is asking pharmacists in some states to verify that a few of the prescriptions they provide will not be used end a pregnancy. DeAngelis said state laws that restrict the dispensing of medications used for abortions have forced the company to start the validations. DeAngelis said CVS Health will still fill prescriptions for miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies, which grow outside the womb and are not viable. “We will continue to focus on delivering care to our patients while complying with state laws and federal guidance that continues to evolve,” DeAngelis said in an email. Methotrexate also is used to treat several types of cancers as well as rheumatoid arthritis, according to the Mayo Clinic.mlive.com
900 CVS stores to close over next 3 years
CVS Health will close hundreds of U.S. store locations over the next three years, the drug store chain announced. In a statement, CVS said it will close 300 stores per year over the next three years with shutdowns starting in spring 2022. Exact locations have not been announced and the statement noted CVS “is committed to offering impacted colleagues roles in other locations or different opportunities as part of its overall workforce strategy.”CVS said the closures come after evaluating changes in population, consumer buying patterns and future health needs. “Our retail stores are fundamental to our strategy and who we are as a company,” said Karen S. Lynch, president and CEO of CVS Health. CVS operates more than 10,000 stores across the U.S.mlive.com
CVS Health earnings beat expectations, but shares drop
A customer walks towards the entrance of a CVS Health Corp. store in downtown Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. CVS Health on Wednesday beat expectations for fiscal third-quarter earnings as the company got a boost from filling more prescriptions and giving more Covid-19 vaccines. The company raised its forecast for the year, saying it expects adjusted earnings per share of $7.90 to $8.00, from $7.70 to $7.80. Excluding items, it earned $1.97 per share, more than the $1.78 per share expected by analysts surveyed by Refinitiv. Revenue jumped to $73.79 billion from $67.06 billion a year earlier, outpacing expectations of $70.49 billion.cnbc.com
Former Michigan chief medical executive hired by CVS Health
A top Michigan health official who resigned last month will take on a new role with CVS Health, the company reported on Monday. CVS Health announced Khaldun will join the company as vice president and chief health equity officer. Dr. Kyu Rhee, senior vice president and Aetna chief medical officer, praised Khaldun’s expertise and qualifications in a statement. In that role, she has provided oversight for public health and aging programs, Medicaid, and behavioral health for the state. Bagdasarian received her medical degree from Wayne State University and her master of public health from the University of Michigan.mlive.com
CVS Health, other companies mandate coronavirus shots after FDA grants full approval to Pfizer vaccine
President Biden urged companies to step up vaccine requirements. “If you’re a business leader, a nonprofit leader, a state or local leader who has been waiting for full FDA approval to require vaccinations, I call on you now to do that — require it."washingtonpost.com
Nightside Report Dec. 21, 2020: Liquor licenses suspended for 5 southeast Michigan businesses, Judge set to make decision on Flint water lawsuit settlement
The state agency noted that the action was taken against the businesses for breaking the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services extended COVID restrictions. In August, Michigan first announced a settlement of more than $600 million in the Flint water lawsuit. CVS Health announced it is launching a nationwide effort to help vaccinate thousands of staff and residents at long-term care facilities against COVID-19. As part of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ new COVID-19 order, certain entertainment venues that had been closed for the last month can reopen with limited capacity. Gretchen Whitmer along with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced both are ready to start reopening a lot of businesses Monday.
CVS to administer COVID-19 vaccines at long-term care facilities
DETROIT – CVS Health announced it is launching a nationwide effort to help vaccinate thousands of staff and residents at long-term care facilities against COVID-19. That includes nearly 1,000 facilities in Michigan. READ: MDHHS using 2 ‘core, science-based ideas’ to decide what should reopen, remain closed in MichiganAfter healthcare workers on the frontlines are vaccinated, next up with be seniors and staff members at long-term care facilities. CVS will be vaccinating the elderly and staff members at nearly a thousand locations. Across the state, there are roughly 5,000 long-term care facilities with about 200,000 residents and staff.
The Latest: S Korea tightens pandemic rules over virus surge
Among those getting help are hard-hit businesses, schools, health care providers and renters facing eviction. ___Follow AP’s coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic, https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak___HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state Gov. ___DENVER — Colorado’s legislature will go into recess soon after convening in January as lawmakers wait for COVID-19 cases to subside. About 7,000 Kentucky residents, the vast majority of them health care workers in hospitals, have been vaccinated since. ___CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia set another weekly record for positive coronavirus cases and deaths as it awaits an influx of vaccines from Moderna.
CVS Health to provide drive-thru rapid COVID-19 testing in Dearborn
DEARBORN, Mich. – The Michigan governor announced Tuesday a partnership with CVS Health to provide drive-through rapid COVID-19 testing in Dearborn. Gretchen Whitmer’s office, COVID-19 testing will be conducted in the parking lot of the Henry Ford Centennial Library -- 16301 Michigan Ave. -- at no cost to eligible Michiganders. Testing will be conducted using the new Abbot ID NOW™ COVID-19 test, which recently received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the fastest detection of the virus. Patients are required to stay in their vehicles at the testing site. The testing process takes about 30 minutes from the collection of the swab to the delivery of results.