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How the Target Pharmacy Switch to CVS Will Affect You

by Elizabeth Davis on February 8, 2016 at 4:12 pm

The CVS acquisition of Target pharmacies has made the news recently, but it may be hard to figure out how it will directly affect you if you fill at either one: Target or CVS.

To help you understand what will happen to your prescriptions (and prices), we have answers to 5 of your questions about the change.

1. Will the Target and CVS generic discount programs stay the same?

Unfortunately, no. Target has discontinued their pharmacy rewards program, and are no longer consistently honoring their list of generics priced at $4 for a 30-day supply.

The CVS Health Savings Pass program, a membership program offering a list of generic drugs priced at $11.99 for a 90-day supply, has also been discontinued. CVS will continue to offer their ExtraCare rewards program.

If you have joined a membership program or gotten a discounted generic price at either pharmacy in the past, we recommend checking GoodRx again to compare prices in your location. You may be able to find a lower price by using a new discount, or by filling at a different pharmacy.

2. Will I need to transfer my Target prescriptions to CVS?

No. When Target finishes converting their systems, your prescription will be transferred automatically. This makes it easy for you if you’d like to keep filling at the same pharmacy, but it’s something to be aware of if you’d prefer not to fill your prescription with CVS.

3. Will my insurance still be accepted?

Most likely, yes—CVS says that coverage will be uninterrupted for most people. However, you should check with your insurance provider and your pharmacy to find out for sure.

4. I have a GoodRx discount on file—will my price stay the same?

We strongly recommend checking prices and bringing a new coupon with you every time you fill or refill a prescription, especially as Target and CVS continue to transition. As with insurance plans, your discount will likely stay on file, but prices may change.

You can avoid surprises by having the most up-to-date discount with you at the pharmacy, either from a printed coupon or on our mobile app, and asking the pharmacist to be sure to enter the new coupon information.

5. Where can I find more information on the changes at Target and CVS?

You can check whether your Target pharmacy has already made the change to CVS branding here.

Target and CVS both also offer an FAQ to guide you through the transition. You can find the Target FAQ here, and the CVS FAQ here.


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