The Canadian pharmacy chain CVS will close more or less all of its Canadian locations, including a large one in the Calgary suburb of Roseville.
CVS said it will start closing its locations in June 2018, but will reopen them once the province of Alberta’s government approves its new pharmacy plan.
The company said it’s also considering closing its Roseville store in a few months as well.
The news comes after Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said earlier this month the province would phase out the controversial “three strikes” drug policies, which require people to pay for certain drugs if they are caught with less than five grams of illicit drugs.
“The provincial government will be making an announcement on the implementation of this new policy soon, but we want to make it clear that these measures are being reviewed and will continue to be reviewed in light of our ongoing drug plan review,” Notley wrote in a statement to CBC News.
Cuts to CVS’s Calgary store in April 2019 The company previously announced it would close some of its Calgary stores, including the CVS Pharmacy in Roseville and the Roseville Centre Pharmacy, in an effort to save money.
CVC is the largest chain of Canadian pharmacies, with 1,600 locations across the country.
The Roseville site, which opened in 1974, has been the site of protests by community groups, who say the company has not been keeping pace with rising drug prices and the high cost of prescription drugs.
Last year, the city of Roseburg voted to close the Rosevale Centre Pharmacies, a site where protests and a fire erupted in March.
The provincial government has said it intends to phase out drug-testing requirements for all pharmacies in 2018, including CVS.
In March, Notley, who is the first female premier in Canada, said Alberta would phase in the policies at the end of 2020.
The Alberta Health Services says the new policy would save the province $200 million annually by 2020.
However, Notleys statement says the province will only be able to achieve that savings by having a drug-free society.
“In the coming weeks, the government will make a decision on the next steps to take,” the statement said.
Alberta Premier Greg Clark says he is confident that the provincial government is on the right track and will announce an implementation date in the coming months. “
Albertans should know that we will continue our ongoing review of all drug testing requirements, including those in our drug plan.”
Alberta Premier Greg Clark says he is confident that the provincial government is on the right track and will announce an implementation date in the coming months.
“We are confident that this program will deliver meaningful savings for Albertans,” Clark told CBC News, adding that he’s also confident that Alberta’s drug plan will be approved by the Alberta government.
Clark said CVS has made “some tough decisions” during the course of his term, but he added that the company “is a strong institution.”