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Why More People Are Using CVS, Walgreens Instead Of Family Doctor

Your next trip to the doctor or dentist might be as close as your corner pharmacy.


Meijer, CVS and Walgreens are among drugstores across metro Detroit that are expanding their health care services, offering much more than prescriptions.  


Pharmacists, nurse practitioners and technicians are now in stores to help with everything from acne treatment to teeth straightening to eyelash lengthening, along with strep tests, rapid influenza screenings, vaccines, and HIV testing and treatment.


CVS, which already offers MinuteClinics at many of its pharmacies, is now testing SmileDirectClub onsite at six stores across the country, including in Hazel Park, to fit people’s teeth with invisible aligners. Walgreens opened an Aspen Dental in a Florida store in December with a second one scheduled in Tampa for 2019. 


It begs the question:  Are pharmacies replacing the family doctor and dentist?

“CVS, which already offers MinuteClinics at many of its pharmacies, is now testing SmileDirectClub onsite at six stores across the country, including in Hazel Park, to fit people’s teeth with invisible aligners. Walgreens opened an Aspen Dental in a Florida store in December with a second one scheduled in Tampa for 2019.”

Our intention is to never replace a family physician but we work in conjunction with them,” said Jamie Vroman, regional pharmacy specialist for Meijer. “The nice thing about a pharmacy is we have extended hours in the evenings and weekends. Unfortunately, we don’t always get sick during the 9 a.m.-5 p.m. business Monday through Friday hours. We are trying to fill a void to help those patients.” 

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