Rite Aid has joined the White House COVID-19 Response Working Group and is piloting limited coronavirus testing at one location in Philadelphia seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Based on guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the site will test first responders and health care workers who come in direct contact with patients or as may be determined by state health departments.
In addition, Rite Aid had previously begun a home-delivery service. The company has made the service available upon request and stated that it would waive delivery-service fees for eligible prescriptions. Controlled substances and/or refrigerated medications are ineligible, Rite Aid pointed out, adding that customers can use its drive-throughs to secure prescriptions, available at more than half the company locations, as well as over-the-counter products. As they are considered part of essential retail, Rite Aid has stores open as well.
To ensure consumers have access to needed medications, Rite Aid pharmacists have partnered with various pharmacy benefit organizations and local physicians so they can offer customers options including 90-day refills, early refill authorizations and prescription delivery.