CVS claims its mission is “to improve the lives of those we serve by making innovative and high-quailty health and pharmacy services safe, affordable and easy to access.” As the largest retail pharmacy chain in the nation, CVS should be able to live up to these words.
But recent studies have shown that CVS is treating its communities unequally, providing different levels of service to communities with different racial and financial makeup:
- CVS operates fewer stores per person in Houston ‘s communities of color and Latino communities.
- CVS’s MinuteClinics are scarce in Houston ‘s low- and moderate-income communities.
- CVS locks condom cases in Houston ‘s communities of color, but rarely does so in majority white communities.
- In other cities across the country, such as Detroit, New York and Philadelphia , CVS is more frequently cited for health code violations in communities of color.
- Nationally, CVS has been repeatedly caught selling expired drugs, food and infant formula.
These practices are a disservice to the communities CVS operates in and they fly in the face of CVS’s own mission statement. Community leaders are coming together to tell CVS to stop talking the talk, and start walking the walk.
JOIN US IN HOUSTON TO
ASK CVS TO WALK THE WALK
Tell CVS to treat our communities equally.
WHAT: Rally and protest
WHEN: May 21, 2009 – 2:00 PM
WHERE: CVS Pharmacy at 11007 Market St., Houston, TX.
Questions? Call Garrett O’Connor at (646) 283-7411
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