CVS Pharmacy is waiving charges for home delivery of prescription medications to address the coronavirus outbreak and protect patient access to medication.
With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encouraging people at higher risk for coronavirus complications to stay at home as much as possible, this will allow people to avoid visiting the pharmacy for refills or new prescriptions, according to a press release.
“Being committed to the welfare of those we serve means being responsive to evolving needs and acting swiftly. This is particularly true in times of uncertainty,” said Dr. Troyen Brennan, executive vice president and chief medical officer, CVS Health in the release. “The latest steps we’re taking will help ensure patients of all ages have every option available to them when it comes to filling prescriptions.”
Building on a recent announcement that coronavirus diagnostic testing and all telemedicine visits are available with no copay, Aetna, a CVS Health company, will now offer 90-day maintenance medication prescriptions for insured and Medicare members and is working with state governments to make the same option available to Medicaid members where allowable. Self-funded plan sponsors will also have the ability to offer this option.
Aetna will also waive early refill limits on 30-day prescription maintenance medications for all members with pharmacy benefits administered through CVS Caremark.
Caremark is working with all clients to waive early refill limits on 30-day prescription maintenance medications. Most Caremark clients already offer a 90-day benefit for maintenance medications and the option of home delivery from CVS Caremark Mail Service Pharmacy with no delivery cost.
“When you’re in a position to increase convenience and help provide some peace of mind, you act. As long as coronavirus continues to be a threat, we’ll maintain a relentless focus on how best to serve our patients, members and customers,” Brennan said.
Through its frequently updated coronavirus resource center, CVS Health is providing the latest information on precautions consumers should take to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and who should seek medical attention, according to the release.
Anyone presenting coronavirus symptoms should contact their health care provider immediately.