CVS pharmacies are facing an uncertain future.
The chain announced Monday that it would no longer sell condoms at its retail stores and will instead sell the devices to other pharmacies.
This is a big victory for women’s rights advocates who had been pushing the chain to offer the condoms at a discounted price.
CVS, which is owned by UnitedHealth Group, has long been a target of the anti-abortion and anti-vaccine groups that have been fighting against the FDA’s new vaccine mandate.
The rules require pharmacies to make available condoms at no charge to all customers at no cost to patients or their caregivers.
The agency also announced last week that it is expanding its mandate to include a prescription drug benefit that covers all prescription drugs and some medications prescribed by primary care physicians.
Cuts to Medicaid and other government programs, coupled with the new requirement that pharmacies make condoms, will result in fewer choices for consumers.
“It is unconscionable for the government to impose its will on the free market, and we urge CVS to follow the FDA and its leadership in ensuring that consumers are able to access free condoms,” said Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
The FDA announced that it will not require pharmacies or distributors to offer free condoms.
It has been widely expected that the agency would require all pharmacies to offer condoms to customers, which they will not be required to do.
But CVS said it will make the change to all CVS stores nationwide on May 31.
CUTTING THE BILL: What are the proposed changes?
The FDA’s proposed rules require that all CVCs, which includes CVS and Rite Aid, to make the condoms available to all patients at no price to patients, their caregivers or their family members.
This will be accomplished through the use of a separate “CVS Preferred” account for customers who have paid for the product.
The new account will be available to CVS customers who do not use a primary care physician to prescribe the drugs.
The account will also be available for people who have medical conditions that may limit access to the CVS prescription drug program.
The “CVC Preferred” plan will also allow patients who have had more than a year of CVS prescriptions, which will be capped at the current annual cap, to get up to 10 free condoms at the time of purchase.
But the FDA said that these caps are not intended to apply to patients with chronic illnesses or chronic illnesses that result in frequent or recurring use of the medication.
CVC Preferred customers will still be able to get condoms at retail pharmacies if they choose.
And they can also purchase condoms at CVS or Rite Aid.
But this will be done through a separate account.
The proposed rule also would limit the number of times the CVC plan can be used per day.
Under the proposed rules, CVS would only be allowed to use the CVA Preferred account once per day and it would be available only for customers that have purchased condoms at more than one CVS pharmacy in the past 12 months.
The company will be able only to use this account for condoms purchased through CVS Pharmacy on a single day per month.
CVA customers will also not be able use the account on the same day as the purchase.
And if a CVC customer has had sex with another CVC, the account will not work with the other CVC.
The proposal would also require the CVM to purchase condoms from a third-party company.
The plan would not apply to the purchase of condoms at pharmacy counter locations.
The CVS proposal is the first step in the FDA agency’s plan to eliminate the federal condom mandate, which has prompted protests from many consumers.
This proposal does not go far enough, said Jennifer Blevins, director of the Center for Reproductive Rights, which sued CVS in court over the mandate.
“Citizens should not have to pay for their own birth control.
They shouldn’t have to wait weeks, even months, for their prescriptions,” Blevans said.
“We will continue to fight for a condom free market.”