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CVS Health (CVS) Installs Time-Delay Safes in Texas Pharmacies

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CVS Health Corporation (CVS - Free Report) is progressing with its initiative to prevent pharmacy robberies and the potential for associated diversion of controlled substance medications. Recently, the company completed the deployment of time-delay safe technology in all 851 CVS Pharmacy locations, including those in Target stores across Texas.

In September, CVS Health made the initial installation of new safes in all 223 CVS Pharmacy locations in Houston.

Time-Delay Safes to Curb Retail Loss at CVS Stores

As stated earlier, these safes help prevent and address misuse and diversion of controlled substance medications — including opioid medications such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. This system electronically delays the time it takes for pharmacy employees to open the safe. These safes also claim to benefit the safety and well-being of CVS Pharmacy customers and employees.

In 2015, CVS Health first implemented the time-delay safe technology in CVS Pharmacy locations across Indianapolis. With the installation of time-delay safes, the company witnessed a 70% decline in pharmacy robberies among Indianapolis stores. The safes, now in use in 19 states and the District of Columbia, have resulted in a 50% decline in robberies at CVS pharmacies in those local communities.

Significance of Time-Delay Safe Deployment

The time-delay function, which cannot be overridden, electronically delays the time it takes for pharmacy employees to open a safe, restricting robbers trying to get in and out of stores quickly. As time-delay safes reduce the theft and diversion of opioid medications, it brings added security to stores, creating a safe environment for patients and staff.

 

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Following the implementation, all CVS Pharmacy locations across Texas with time-delay safes will now display visible signage warning that these safes are in use to prevent on-demand access to controlled substance narcotics. Till now, through its Safe Medication Disposal Program in Texas, approximately 250,000 pounds of unwanted and expired medication have been collected in Texas.

Recent Developments

Last week, CVS Health announced several measures to support its ongoing strategy of making health care more affordable, accessible and convenient for consumers. With the announcement of these new measures, the company remains focused on the competitive advantage provided by its presence in thousands of communities across the country, which complements CVS Health’s rapidly expanding digital presence.

The company also announced several executive leadership appointments and shared plans to close approximately 300 stores a year for the next three years. Notably, these changes will begin in the spring of 2022.

In the third quarter of 2021, the company witnessed strong demand for integrated solutions across the healthcare continuum, including health management programs for chronic conditions, mental health support, pharmacy services, and health and wellness products.

The retail segment reported above-market growth and also exceeded the company’s expectations with 10% revenue growth. Within pharmacy services, growth outperformed the company’s expectations, delivering 9.3% revenue growth and strong operating income growth. Specialty pharmacy revenues were up 8.7% year over year. The company also noted that it is strengthening the consumer experience by expanding digital services and platforms that connect to health services and in-person channels for more than 35 million unique digital customers.

Price Performance

Shares of the company have gained 38.5% in a year compared with the industry’s 31.3% rise.

Zacks Rank and Key Picks

CVS Health currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

A few better-ranked stocks from the broader medical space are Chemed Corporation (CHE - Free Report) , Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings, or LabCorp (LH - Free Report) and Medpace Holdings, Inc. (MEDP - Free Report) .

Chemed has a long-term earnings growth rate of 7.7%. The company surpassed earnings estimates in three of the trailing four quarters and missed in one, delivering a surprise of 5.6%, on average. Chemed currently carries a Zacks Rank #2.

Chemed has outperformed its industry over the past year. CHE has gained 3.7% against a 35.6% industry decline.

LabCorp reported third-quarter 2021 adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of $6.82, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 42.9%. Revenues of $4.06 billion outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 13.4%. LabCorp currently carries a Zacks Rank #2. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

LabCorp has an estimated long-term growth rate of 10.6%. LH surpassed estimates in the trailing four quarters, the average surprise being 25.7%.

Medpace reported third-quarter 2021 adjusted EPS of $1.29, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 20.6%. Revenues of $295.57 million beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 1.2%. Medpace currently carries a Zacks Rank #1.

Medpace has an estimated long-term growth rate of 16.4%. MEDP surpassed estimates in the trailing four quarters, the average surprise being 11.9%.