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CVS Takes Wraps Off Store-Based Clinics

Minute Clinic announced Nov. 7 it had opened six health care clinics in CVS/pharmacy stores in San Diego County, and has plans to open 10 more by the end of the year.

The Minneapolis-based company is a subsidiary of the national retail pharmacy chain, which is based in Woonsocket, R.I. There are about 40 CVS locations in the county, according to the chain’s Web site.

At each clinic, which is open seven days a week, a nurse practitioner provides services for “common family illnesses that are acute in nature,” said Kent Lillemoe, chief financial officer for Minute Clinic. A standard visit costs $59; treatments for strep throat, which cost $69, and a tetanus vaccine, which costs $60, are among the services available.

Minute Clinic was founded in 2000 and has clinics in 24 states, although the move to the West Coast is new. The company also announced the openings of its first retail clinics in Los Angeles and Orange counties this fall.

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Although Minute Clinic reports that it has received a million patient visits, Lillemoe said the company does not disclose the number of patient visits per clinic or company revenues.

Since January, Minute Clinic has opened more than 200 clinics across the United States.

, Jaimy Lee

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