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And then there was one - CVS acquires Crawford

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Photo by Judith Pannebaker
Right back at ya, Crawford Pharmacy - it was great while it lasted.

Despite a dearth of information, the Bandera County Courier announced on Thursday, Feb. 26, that CVS Pharmacy had purchased Crawford Pharmacy. Although the Courier had attempted repeatedly to contact the CVS public relations department for information on the sale, calls were not returned by press time.
However, on Thursday, March 5, Stephanie Cunha, media contact, confirmed the sale via a press release. The announcement, sent from the CVS Corporate Offices in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, stated that CVS Pharmacy would acquire the pharmacy operations of all seven Crawford locations in Texas. Of the locations, five would continue to operate as CVS pharmacies while two, including the former Crawford Pharmacy in Bandera, would relocate into nearby CVS Pharmacy stores. The location in Bandera is 1202 Main Street.
In 2013, CVS Pharmacy purchased Bandera's Braun Medicine Chest. At that time, CVS had acquired 19 Medicine Chest pharmacies throughout the Lone Star State. Ten of the stores were closed following the buy-out.
"CVS Pharmacy is committed to providing innovative, best in class pharmacy service throughout our more than 600 locations in Texas," said Roger Francis, who serves as the company's area vice president. "We look forward to continuing Crawford Pharmacy's tradition of providing excellent service to our new customers and help them on their path to better health."
According to company information, all prescription and insurance information will now be transferred from Crawford Pharmacy to CVS. "CVS and Crawford are working together to make this a seamless transition for customers. All Crawford employees will be offered positions within CVS Pharmacy," the press release continued.
CVS has acquired Crawford pharmacies in Mathis, Orange Grove, Floresville, Lytle and Poteet. These locations were closed on March 7 and 8 and reopened Monday, March 9 as CVS pharmacies.
Mirroring circumstances in Bandera, employees of a former Crawford Pharmacy in Lubbock were relocated to a nearby CVS Pharmacy on March 7.
The press release continued: "CVS Pharmacy offers drive-thru pharmacy window service, extended pharmacy hours, automatic refills to help patients take their medications on time and as directed, medication adherence programs, immunizations, text alerts to inform patients when their prescriptions are ready, and online and mobile tools to help patients manage their prescriptions whenever and wherever they want.
"CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health, is America's leading retail pharmacy with 7,800 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry."
General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.