RI Health Director approves CVS MinuteClinics

MinuteClinic is a chain of retail health clinics CVS is opening inside its drugstores. (photo: CVS Caremark Corp.)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The head of the Rhode Island Department of Health paved the way Thursday for CVS to open MinuteClinic health care facilities inside seven Rhode Island stores.

Health Director Michael Fine said he approved the application to operate MinueClinics in Rhode Island with significant conditions attached. Those conditions, according to Dr. Fine, are intended to maintain a level playing field, to protect the health and safety of Rhode Islanders, and to prevent conflicts of interests between MinuteClinic prescribers and CVS pharmacy dispensers.

“CVS is a great Rhode Island company,” Dr. Fine said in a news release. “A company whose character, commitment, competence, and standing in the community is well documented. It is likely that these facilities will provide safe and adequate treatment for individuals receiving MinuteClinic services.”

The retail walk-in clinics are already available in 28 states, including Massachusetts.

MinuteClinics offer services provided by nurse practitioners and physician assistants, seven days a week.

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