A virtual hoard of the shiny things I find on the internet.
lnthefade replied to your quote “To understand how CVS can wield this kind of influence over other…”
I think it’s pretty awful. What if there is no CVS near you?
I think what you’ll see happen is that the major national chain pharmacies are going to start dropping tobacco products as well. CVS/Caremark is like an 800-lb gorilla of pharmacy benefit managers. (The other big one is ExpressScripts, which merged with Medco a couple years ago.) This represents a huge chunk of customers. Plus the big pharmacy associations all oppose the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies. (Hence why I know all the people cheering about it- I spent 7 years working for the biggest and oldest pharmacists association.)
Insurers aren’t stupid- they know people will complain to their HR departments, who will renegotiate with their brokers and leave the insurer sucking up the cost, or they’ll switch plans if they buy insurance on the health exchange. It’s a far more competitive market for health insurance than it used to be, which is why insurers are already scrambling to set up tobacco-free networks. The only question is how long it will take for selling tobacco to become less profitable than NOT selling tobacco.
This has been a long time coming- it’s sort of like smoking bans in bars- one jurisdiction has to show that it can work and doesn’t drive everyone out of business, then that opens the door for everywhere else. I think it’ll be that way- within a year or so you’ll start seeing at least national pharmacy chains dropping it, and then possibly grocery store chains with big pharmacy programs.
OR it could all backfire, insurers start going with ExpressScripts over Caremark for PBM services, and Caremark has to drop this requirement.
Either way, I doubt it will be a problem for long- I’m assuming there are indeed areas of America not completely saturated with CVSes- they’re like Starbucks in DC.
I know some people who are cheering like crazy over this.
An article about turning internet hate into embroidery. Which I found via Rachel Held Evans, who started printing her hate mail and doing origami with it, while praying for the sender, as a Lenten practice.