Rite Aid Expands Drugstore Clinic Program

(March 1, 2013)--Rite Aid is expanding a new drugstore-based clinic program through which customers can visit by video or phone with doctors who can diagnose conditions and prescribe medications based on a 10-minute consultation.

The Camp Hill, Pa., company says its NowClinic Online Care services are available in 58 pharmacies in Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Customers can have private video or phone conversations with physicians.

The consultations cost $45.

A spokeswoman said the clinics are opening in existing stores in consultation rooms used by pharmacists for immunizations or to talk to patients.

Health care providers will not be onsite, but pharmacists will be available to help customers.

Rite Aid Corp. is the nation's third-largest drugstore operator, trailing Walgreen Co. and CVS Caremark Corp., which both run in-store clinic programs.

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