(ED: One only needs to try to fill a prescription in the US to see that this system is, too, indeed, broken.  Long wait times, inefficiencies riddle the system; it is getting sorted out, and the following story is a small step for the Pharmaceutical’s Industry vastly inefficient, slow, cumbersome system; two points for CVS)


CVS has really upped the standards for other pharmacies and drug stores with the recent release of it’s iPad app. Basically, by logging into the app, you see a virtual CVS. While it has a lot of non-medical uses, that are actually pretty cool, there are two parts of the CVS app I want to to feature. First off, I just think this app looks neat. The only time I’ve been in a CVS was when I was in North Carolina last summer First, the pharmacy center. When you pull it up on the app, it looks just like you stepped up to the front desk at a pharmacy. Here are a few of the features of the pharmacy center:

  • Scan your Refill: Just scan the barcode on any prescription, and it will show up in your queue to refill it
  • Manage presciriptions for yourself and your family from the tablet.
  • Use the Rapid Refill feature to refill your common prescriptions
  • You can “grab” your prescriptions that have been saved and quickly refill them

The other health-related features is the MinuteClinic. This basically provides information about the walk-in clinics that are located inside of CVS stores. When you go here in the app,  you can do the following things:

  • Find the nearest clinic and its hours
  • Check out what services are offered and what the costs are
  • Check to see if your insurance is accepted

I’m a very visual person, which is why I like this app. Even though it’s all virtual, and you aren’t actually going up to the counter, it kind of makes it more fun. This is definitely a great app for anyone that really uses the services at CVS on a regular basis. It’s definitely a lot easier to use than some of the websites I’ve seen different pharmacies creating.

The app is free and can be downloaded for the iPad here.

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