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CVS Stores, Here And Nationwide, Abandon Tobacco

The CVS Pharmacy store in the North En Shopping Center on North Charlotte Street

The CVS Pharmacy store in the North End Shopping Center on North Charlotte Street

SANATOGA PA – CVS Pharmacy stores in Sanatoga and Lower Pottsgrove’s north end, as well as those in Gilbertsville, Boyertown, North Coventry, Limerick, Royersford, Collegeville, and Douglassville intend to stop selling all cigarettes and tobacco products by no later than October.

They will join other CVS stores nationwide in what The Wall Street Journal reported today (Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014) was a corporate decision to end the sales that annually produce about $2 billion in revenue for the company. CVS executives determined tobacco has “no place in a drugstore company that is trying to become more of a health-care provider,” The Journal article said.

CVS is “banking the strategy will give it a competitive edge over rival pharmacies in forging partnerships with hospitals, insurers and physician groups,” according to The Journal, “as they redefine themselves in what has been a historic downturn in prescription drug sales.” CVS sees its future in making its Minute Clinic-brand in-store clinics a convenient health-care alternative to doctors’ offices, it added.

That could result more intense, long-term competition against other popular urgent care providers that have established themselves in western Montgomery County in recent years. They include Premier Immediate Medical Care in Douglassville, Limerick and Oaks; Walgreen’s Take Care Clinics in Norristown and King of Prussia; and Patient First, which will open Feb. 19 in Pottstown.

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