California Pharmacists Association Applauds CVS/pharmacy for Removing Tobacco Products
SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The California Pharmacists Association applauds the largest national chain drug store, CVS/pharmacy, for its decision to stop selling tobacco products in their pharmacies beginning October 1, 2014. The California Pharmacists Association has had official policy calling for the removal of tobacco products from pharmacies since 2007.
“Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health”
"Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health," Larry J. Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Caremark, said in a statement. "Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose."
The CVS/pharmacy announcement comes at a time when California pharmacists are now authorized to independently prescribe and furnish smoking cessation drugs and devices without a doctor’s prescription. The authorities were approved by the California legislature and signed by the Governor through Senate Bill 493 on October 1, 2013. The expanded smoking cessation provisions in that legislation went into effect January 1st.
California Pharmacists Association CEO Jon Roth stated, “We applaud CVS/pharmacy for taking this bold step. This move by CVS, coupled with the expanded authorities for pharmacists to offer prescription-strength smoking cessation products through SB 493 will help ensure that patients receive the best pharmacist care when trying to quit smoking.”
About the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA)
The California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) was founded in 1869 and is the largest state association representing pharmacists. CPhA represents pharmacists, technicians, and student pharmacists from all practice settings. These practice settings include community pharmacy (both independent owners and employees working in chain drug stores), hospitals & health-systems, and specialty practices such as compounding, managed care, and long term care.