Done deal: How Target pharmacies' switch to CVS could affect customers


Over the next six to eight months, Target pharmacies across the country will be turned into CVS/pharmacy.

The $1.9 billion deal announced in June was recently finalized, Minneapolis-based Target said Wednesday.

That means Target's 1,673 pharmacies will be rebranded and run as CVS/pharmacy, and all of the 79 Target clinic locations will be turned into MinuteClinics. (CVS will also open 20 new clinics in Target stores over the next three years.)

How will this affect pharmacy customers?

Here's a look at what's changing and how the deal could affect customers. (The company also addresses some of the questions people may have on its website.)

The process to transition all of Target's pharmacies to CVS/pharmacy is expected to take six to eight months, but some changes customers will start to see right away.

For example, the pharmacy staff will be dressed differently. They won't be wearing Target's traditional red and khaki because they're now CVS Health employees.

As of Wednesday, Target pharmacy and clinic customers have been automatically moved to CVS Health's network. That means you won't have to transfer your prescriptions or health records over to CVS, and in most cases your automatic refills will transfer over.

For the majority of people, they won't see a difference in insurance coverage, so medications should cost about the same. But Target officials recommend contacting your health insurance company to double check – you'll also be able to ask them about copays and other coverage options.

The Target Pharmacy Rewards program is over. It actually ended Dec. 1, so guests haven't been able to accrue points. However, customers can still redeem their reward certificates.

But the pharmacies in Targets won't be without a rewards program. CVS plans to offer its ExtraCare program.

Until your pharmacy is rebranded, you'll be able to access Once it transitions to CVS, customers will be able to use and the company's mobile app.

Pharmacy customers are asked to contact their health insurance provider with any question, while general pharmacy questions can be directed to their local pharmacy of CVS customer relations at 1-800-746-7287.

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