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Do online pharmacies present a threat to CVS Pharmacy?

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Online pharmacies are not a threat to CVS Pharmacy or other traditional pharmacy companies. The main reason for this is that online pharmacies are unable to provide the personal attention to patients that a local, in-store pharmacist can, according to The Pharmaceutical Journal.

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Mail-order or Internet pharmacies do have licensed pharmacists handling their orders. The problem lies with patient consultations and questions, states The Pharmaceutical Journal. In an online setting, immediate answers are not always available. These situations include asking about drug interactions, side effects and what to expect while taking the medications. With an in-store pharmacist, questions are immediately answered, and most pharmacies offer consultations for patients when taking a newly prescribed medication.

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