The national pharmacy will deliver prescriptions for free and work with insurers to waive refill limits.

As the coronavirus outbreak puts pressure on travel and shopping, CVS Pharmacy is stepping in to help consumers get the prescriptions they need. Beginning on Tuesday, March 10, CVS customers can get prescription medication delivered to their homes for free. The company will also help patients work with their insurance companies to get medications that are subject to timed refill limits.

As of March 10, the United States currently has 647 cases of coronavirus and 25 total deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that older adults and people with compromised immune symptoms stay at home as much as possible. Having medicine delivered is one way these groups can limit their exposure to COVID-19 and other illnesses.

"When you're in a position to increase convenience and help provide some peace of mind, you act. As long as COVID-19 continues to be a threat, we'll maintain a relentless focus on how best to serve our patients, members, and customers, “ said Troyen Brennan, M.D., M.P.H., Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health.

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CVS Health Company is also offering its CVS Caremark patients 90-day supplies of maintenance medications and waivers of refill limits on certain medications. The refill policy also includes Medicare and some Medicaid members. Pharmacies will also be working with other insurers to waive early refill limits and get 90-day supplies to all patients. The free delivery service is available for new and existing prescriptions. 

The CDC recommends all households create a plan for COVID-19 by creating an emergency contact list, contacting your neighbors, cleaning and disinfecting your home, and making sure you will have access to food and medicines. You can follow daily updates and get information on the outbreak by visiting coronavirus.gov.