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WASHINGTON — Larry Merlo, chief executive of CVS, has big ideas for how his company will transform health care. It’s merging with Aetna, one of the country’s largest insurers. It’s opening new clinics where patients can get blood tests along with their toilet paper. And it might one day deliver drugs by drone.

“We are doing some work on that, believe it or not,” Merlo said, visibly flustered, in response to a question about whether the company had looked into distributing prescriptions by drone.

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  • This is about the stupidest article of the day. Amazon does Tax Evason really well, and CVS is one of the most corrupt Pharma Pedlers. Perhaps CVS should start by not selling alcohol to the alcoholics, ripping off customers, and making mistakes with prescriptions.

  • I wish CVS would just get the hint that some things just work better face to face. I don’t want the drone to ship my meds. We already have UPS, FED ex and USPS delivering meds and guess what? Patients found out that their room temperature medications that were shipped in only a bag all year round were left unprotected from environmental factors like heat and humidity. They placed life-saving children’s medication in a bag and didn’t allow patients coverage to receive their medications the safest way, through the hands of their trusted pharmacist. The mail-order is a VERY risky service. Elderly don’t have the face to face communication options to help with health literacy. Temperatures matter. Trucks get up to 170 degrees. Mailboxes 150 degrees. People who were once able to get medications in 30 minutes to an hour are seeing meds taking days, even weeks to receive. There are issues of delays, thefts, lost, damaged medications, one person’s dog ate their chemo meds left on the porch and died, & children have also got these packages just left on porches. 800#s hot and freezing trucks or drones will never impact the personal relationship with a very critical health care provider that is just as important as a patients physician.

    • I agree, though I would appreciate being on a face-to-face pharmacy delivery route maybe once or twice a week, if needed.

    • I agree, though I would appreciate being on a face-to-face pharmacy delivery route maybe once or twice a week, if needed. (This is a reply to “StopMandatoryMailOrderPharmacy)

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