CVS buys six ProMedica pharmacy locations, plans to close five

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - CVS Pharmacy and ProMedica announced Tuesday that CVS Pharmacy will acquire six of Promedica's outpatient pharmacy locations in Toledo and Sylvania. CVS says it will take over operations at the ProMedica Pharmacy Counter, located at 3316 Navarre Ave. in Oregon. The facility will transition to become a CVS Pharmacy in early November. The remaining five Toledo-area outpatient pharmacies acquired by CVS Pharmacy will be closed and all pharmacy files will be transferred to nearby CVS Pharmacy stores, beginning in mid-October.

The following outpatient pharmacies will close:
-ProMedica Pharmacy Counter at 2100 W. Central Ave. in Toledo
-ProMedica Pharmacy Counter at 5700 Monroe St. in Sylvania
-Flower Hospital Outpatient Pharmacy at 5200 Harroun Rd. in Sylvania
-ProMedica West Central Pharmacy at 2150 W. Central Ave. in Toledo
-The Pharmacy Counter at 1515 S. Byrne Rd. in Toledo

All five locations either have an existing CVS Pharmacy location nearby or will have one open nearby in the future. According to a news release, CVS Pharmacy says it "expects to hire many of the Pharmacy Counter employees currently working at these locations."

ProMedica will retain ownership of its other outpatient pharmacies at ProMedica Toledo Hospital, ProMedica Monroe Hospital and ProMedica Fostoria Hospital. ProMedica will also continue to operate its specialty, adherence (blister packaging) and home infusion pharmacies, as well as its home medical equipment business. According to a news release, CVS Pharmacy and ProMedica are working together to make sure patients do not see an interruption in care and that the transition is seamless.

"ProMedica and CVS Pharmacy are working closely together to ensure patients experience a seamless transition of services and that their access to pharmacy care is not interrupted," said Neeraj Kanwal, MD, senior vice president of inpatient and retail pharmacy at ProMedica. "We're confident our patients will benefit from CVS Pharmacy's unique clinical services."

"We're pleased to partner with ProMedica and look forward to bringing our innovative pharmacy care programs and services to its patients in Ohio," said Alisa Ulrey, area vice president, CVS Pharmacy. "We are committed to continuing ProMedica and Pharmacy Counter's tradition of providing excellent care to patients, and are excited to introduce our industry-leading offerings to patients."

"We'd like to thank our employees for their commitment to our patients and the high-quality service they provided over the years," said Dr. Kanwal.