Pharmacy Apps: The CVS Pharmacy App


Earlier this spring, CVS launched an interactive app to offer users a unique, entirely digital drugstore experience. This mobile app offers a personalized user experience with many easy-to-use features, including a mobile pharmacy, mobile shopping capabilities, and more.

The pharmacy feature allows users to easily refill prescriptions by scanning the bar code on their prescription container. It also offers a prescription management program and a drug information section that includes a pill identifier and drug interaction checker.

The app’s MinuteClinic feature makes it easy for users to see if their insurance company is accepted at their nearest MinuteClinic (located inside certain CVS locations), provides access to a comprehensive list of services, allows users to check store hours, and more.

Pharmacy apps are becoming increasingly popular as the number of smartphone users continues to rise. Along with CVS, national pharmacy chain Walgreen’s offers a mobile app that allows customers to request prescription refills on the go, as does Wal-Mart’s Mobile Pharmacy app, which lets customers refill prescriptions, transfer prescriptions from another pharmacy, and view their prescription order history right on their mobile device.

Not long ago, a prescription was filled when a patient presented a pharmacist or Pharmacy Technician with a hardcopy of the prescription, which had been handwritten by their physician. The advent of the electronic medical record and the rapid uptick in smartphone usage has significantly changed the way patients utilize the pharmacy – and how pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians provide patient care.

Information in this blog post is accurate as of June 6, 2013.