US Drug Store Chains Offer OTCs At Drive-Through Windows To Promote Social Distancing
Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid encourage social distancing by offering OTC drugs and vitamins in drive-through services previously limited to Rx drugs windows. Walgreens also is restricting purchases of some items to prevent shortages.
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