By Jeff Brown, WBZ NewsRadio 1030 New England Business

BOSTON (CBS) – Rite Aid Pharmacy is opening in-store medical clinics in Massachusetts.

Rite Aid Executive Vice President Robert Thompson tells WBZ it’s a one-of-its-kind “virtual” doctors office.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Jeff Brown reports

The service is called NowClinic. It costs $45 for a 10 minute consult with a doctor. It’s free to talk to a nurse.

“Through the technology, a patient can receive a consultation, face-to-face, with a physician who, if they feel it’s appropriate, can make a diagnosis or recommendation, and can write a prescription for a particular series of ailments,” according to Thompson.

He says Rite Aid has been testing the program in Detroit for about a year.

NowClinic is available in 20 Massachusetts Rite Aid locations.

Rite Aid is the third-largest drugstore chain in the US, behind Walgreen and CVS. Those companies also run in-store clinic programs.


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