Pharmacy Chain Pulls the Plug on Alabama Location
Pharmacy chain CVS will close a location in Huntsville, Alabama, on December 5. The CVS on Cecil Ashburn will be the second CVS in Huntsville to close in recent years. Once this store closes, just eight CVS locations will open in Huntsville.
Customers with prescriptions at the location will have them transferred to the nearby CVS Pharmacy at 2750 Carl T. Jones Drive SE.
CVS stated that in 2021, they would close 300 stores annually until 2024.
CVS isn't the only pharmacy chain closing locations across the nation. Rite Aid has recently filed for bankruptcy and announced 200 locations will close, while Walgreens will close 150 locations across the United States over the coming months. This vast reduction could lead to pharmacy deserts impacting communities.
"Pharmacy deserts have been a longstanding issue that has gotten worse with recent closures of both independent and chain pharmacies... When pharmacies close, there are some people who stop taking their medications — especially if they live in pharmacy deserts. Others may take time off work or delay picking up their prescriptions...The mass closure of pharmacies fail vulnerable communities." Dima Qato, an associate professor at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy
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