CVS launches nationwide prescription delivery

June 19 (UPI) — CVS announced Tuesday it is offering delivery of prescriptions, over-the-counter medicine and other healthcare items from all locations nationwide.

The service is available at all 9,800 stores, with most deliveries made the next day. Same-day delivery will be available in New York City, Boston, Miami, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., CVS said in a statement.

Customers will be able to request a prescription delivery via the CVS Pharmacy app or by calling their neighborhood store and asking to have their prescriptions delivered.

“The national launch of our prescription delivery service, including the expansion of same-day delivery in five new markets, is delivering on our promise to make staying healthy simpler for every patient, regardless of where they live,” Kevin Hourican, president of CVS Pharmacy, said.

Customers can also order products including cold and flu remedies, allergy medications, pain relief, first aid, digestive health, vitamins, baby and personal and feminine care products.

The move comes amid competition with Amazon’s two-day Prime shipping feature and will serve as a test of whether customers are willing to pay $4.99 for CVS’s one- to two-day delivery charge or $8.99 for same-day delivery.

In January, Amazon, Berkshire and JPMorgan Chase announced plans to partner in a joint healthcare venture to help improve employee satisfaction and reduce medical costs for U.S. workers.