CVS Same-Day Prescription Delivery Is Coming to Boston in 2018

It starts early next year.

photo via istock.com/jetcityimage

Heading off a threat from the all-powerful Amazon, CVS is rolling out an ambitious new offering in major cities: same-day delivery. And, of course, that includes Boston, a key battleground in the war between the e-commerce giant and everyone else.

Beginning in early 2018, customers in the city will be able to request deliveries of prescriptions that will arrive at their door in a few hours at no additional cost, CVS just announced.

“Our goal is to meet the needs of all of our customers wherever, however and whenever they want,” said Helena Foulkes, CVS’ executive vice president, in a statement. “Providing same and next-day options for delivery of medications is just another way we can help our patients get and stay healthy.”

Same-day delivery will debut in Manhattan stores on December 4, CVS says, and it will expand next year to Miami, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and San Francisco. Also in early 2018, CVS will begin offering next-day delivery nationwide.

“Prescriptions and a curated selection of over-the-counter products will be delivered directly from CVS Pharmacy in secure tamper-proof packaging right to customers’ doors to assure complete privacy,” according to the announcement.

The company also says it’s ramping up its partnership with the grocery delivery company Instacart, which right now drops off goods from 2,600 CVS stores, and is promoting its CVS Curbside program, for which customers can pre-order items on an app, then pick them up at a drive-up window.

CVS and its competitors have been on high alert amid recent speculation that Amazon will soon begin a push into drug delivery.

 

CVS, which was founded in Lowell in 1963, is headquartered in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

 


Spencer Buell Staff Writer at Boston Magazine sbuell@bostonmagazine.com


In This Section

Policy

Policy

Marijuana legalization, healthcare changes, and all the other referendums shaking up Mass.

Beyond Boston

Beyond Boston

Could You Be Owed Money?