Letter: CVS may regret diabetes policy change

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To the editor:

I have Type 2 Diabetes. CVS Pharmacy in North Adams called my home and informed me that the pharmacy would only provide supplies that limit a Type 2 diabetic to one test per day. Apparently, it was a corporate decision based on Medicare guidelines.

I called the Diabetes Clinic at UMass-Memorial Medical Center in Worcester and they were well informed of the decision by this pharmaceutical giant. The clinic said that Wal-Mart, Rite Aide, Walgreens, and other local pharmacies do not, at this time, have such restrictions.

CVS may be losing some money on diabetic supplies to Type 2 diabetic patients, but the corporate decision may have very negative consequences: individuals will move their prescriptions to other pharmacies. Maybe CVS has grown too big to consider the high prescription drug costs of all people who have Type 2 diabetes.

Paul B. Wheeler,

Clarksburg

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