Rite Aid expands online clinic program

(AP) Rite Aid expands online clinic program
By The Associated Press
Rite Aid is expanding a new drugstore clinic that allows customers to have virtual visits 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 four cities: Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Customers can have private video or phone conversations with physicians. The consultations cost $45.

A spokeswoman says 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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