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CVS pharmacy

For all you CVS shoppers, there is a fun pilot program starting this week is select areas.  CVS is increasing Pharmacy ExtraBucks Rewards in a particular group of markets, with Charlotte NC being one of them.

Currently, CVS allows ExtraCare members to get a $1 ExtraBuck reward for every two prescriptions you get filled.  The new program though allows you to sign up online or in the store to earn $5 Pharmacy ExtraBucks Rewards for every 5 filled prescriptions. Each enrolled member can earn up to $50 a year.

One of the biggest differences is that this limit is not a “per household” limit, but per enrolled member in a household. This means that you can earn Pharmacy ExtraBucks Rewards on every member in your household.

Better yet, these Pharmacy ExtraBucks Rewards will print for you about a week after you fill your fifth prescription, so you don’t have to wait until the end of the quarter to redeem them.

This program launched yesterday in these areas:

Charlotte, NC
Cleveland-Columbus, OH
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
Oklahoma City, OK
Portland-Auburn, ME

They really are looking at bringing this to every city though and would love feedback on the program.  I gave them my feedback on this being a great way to compete with fuel rewards programs at local grocery stores.

Help out CVS by sharing any feedback on their Facebook page or leaving a comment below and I’ll share it with them.  Their intention is to roll out a comprehensive prescription reward program chain-wide next year.

    • Ann

      I need all the help I can get with prescriptions. I hope this comes to my CVS soon. I’d love to try it.

    • Ston301

      This  would be a good way to help seniors and others with some extra bucks , since so many are on a limited income. I hope it comes to my area CVS  very soon.

    • Missy

      But will seniors get the ecb if they are on medicare?  I think this would be a great idea, I’d start getting my RX’s filled at CVS for sure.

      • Mcleodsc

        wondering that too. If they can I will get my mom to switch her meds to CVS

      • Judi

        I think I would check the price at CVS and other stores before I switched.  Unless you have really good Insurance, you or our seniors could have to pay more OOP for their Med’s.  In that case it would not be worth the ECB’s.

    • Ritakittrell

      Great!!

    • Libbyferris31

      Love the idea!  Every little bit helps!

    • mrsmadayar

      Hmmm. I’m not sure if I like this better or not. It comes out to $1 ECB rather than the current $0.50 ECB per Rx. And I kinda like the idea that you don’t have to wait until the end of the quarter to get them. BUT no one in our family is on a regular regimen of Rx meds. We only get them randomly when someone gets sick or injured, so racking up 5 would probably more often than not take us longer than a quarter. It would be much more beneficial to me if they would just give ECBs for each individual Rx rather than for every X number of Rx filled. Also, it would probably be nice for people that do have recurring meds if they got a little something extra for setting up autofill or something like that.

      • Judi

        Yes, my family is the same way.  It would be better for me to leave it the way it is, since I only have a few a year.  I too think it would be best for everyone if CVS would do it based on each  Rx, instead of X number filled.

      • lay_may

        I think the idea is they want you to transfer them all and keep coming back. having to get 5 fills makes people like me who  are on a lot of meds to transfer everything and rack up ecb but also I problly wouldn’t switch away after I hit $50 because I’d be used to it being at CVS

    • mrsmadayar

      Hmmm. I’m not sure if I like this better or not. It comes out to $1 ECB rather than the current $0.50 ECB per Rx. And I kinda like the idea that you don’t have to wait until the end of the quarter to get them. BUT no one in our family is on a regular regimen of Rx meds. We only get them randomly when someone gets sick or injured, so racking up 5 would probably more often than not take us longer than a quarter. It would be much more beneficial to me if they would just give ECBs for each individual Rx rather than for every X number of Rx filled. Also, it would probably be nice for people that do have recurring meds if they got a little something extra for setting up autofill or something like that.

    • Emily

      I would love this! I’m on 4 monthly prescriptions, so over the course of a year I would (with the usual prescriptions, plus the random ones I get when I get sick), I would easily get to the $50 limit! I hope they bring this to Alabama!

    • sue

      Sounds like a great idea. By the grace of GOD, we have been healthy so far and have not had any RX filled for years but my mom and Mother in law are on Medicare and it will be a great program for them. I’ll sign up anyway.

    • Leigh

      Someone help!  What haven’t I done?  I get monthly prescriptions and just recently I have had to fill 4 – but I am not getting any ECBs for them….

      • mrsmadayar

         Do you have them scan your extra care card when you buy your meds?

        • Leigh

          Yes – and someone in another comment said something about them showing up in our quarterly bucks – don’t know how I would know if I were getting them in with that – is that how it works?

          • mrsmadayar

             Yes, I’m pretty sure they are combined with our other spending into one ECB at the end of the quarter. This past quarter I didn’t spend very much on general merchandise so I was only expecting 50 cents to $1 in ECB, but I had filled several prescriptions and wound up with a $3 ECB

            • Leigh

              Thanks for the help!

    • Mandy

      I have a few questions about this, it sounds great:

      1). Is this a separate thing you have to sign up for – the $1.00 ECB per purchased script) – I’m curious because although we don’t normally have to buy a lot of scripts, I’ve had to be on antibiotics twice in the past 6 months and purchased them both at the same CVS and never got any ECBs (maybe I have to wait until the end of this quarter to see them?)

      2).  Is the $1.00 ECB per script currently in all current stores and the $5.00 ECBs for 5 purchased scripts is the new program?? 

      3).  When you say “pharmacy ECBs” does that mean they can only be used on other prescription purchases or are they just like normal ECBs

      4).  Do you have to purchase all 5 scripts at the same time or can this be done over the course of time, say several months, a year, etc? 

      I really hope this program comes to all stores soon…or at least FL stores! =)  

      • mrsmadayar

         Currently all stores get $1 ECB for every 2 scripts, they show up on our our quarterly bucks, and they are just regular ECBs. I think in the new program it would not be 5 at one time. She says above that your ECB would print about a week after the 5th script is filled. HTH

    • Imaprincess09

      My dad and mom both use medications on a monthly basis. My mom would kill me if I said what other product she buys regularly :D but I’m going to tell her this. My sister also is having surgery to remove a tumor this summer…. I am positive that mom will be thrilled!!! Every $5 ECB can be used for toilet paper, etc. She’s not a couponer, but she does get so very tired of high med prices!!

    • Karen

      I never knew about this and we have had alot of illness this year in my family. I’ve never scanned the CVS card for prescriptions and have never been asked. You would think the Pharmacy department would ask just like the regular clerks.

      • Bitbitmom1

        our CVS has always asked for my card-and will take my phone # instead if I forget my card.   Karen if you start using your card, you can stack CVS coupons with manufacturer’s coupons on the same item.  Look for coupon blog sites that have CVS tutorials-they really help!

    • Grooms53

      If CVS would put this in effect in Charleston, I’d switch mine and my husband’s perscriptions!  Looking for another pharmacy anyway, but can’t decide on CVS or Rite Aid.

    • Sdanna

      I would love for them to put this in place in Columbia,sc.  I have switched some of our perscriptions to mail order because we came out better in the end, but with this program I will definately have to take another look at CVS!

    • Peg

      Unfortunately, this program does not help a lot of seniors.  I filled dozens of prescriptions at CVS for my husband who has a Medicare Part D prescription plan and did not get any ECB rewards for them.  When I checked, CVS says if you have a state or federally funded program (such as Medicare), they don’t qualify for ECB’s.  I have found that the mail order prescription plan is much better for routine prescriptions and Publix is generally cheaper than CVS for emergency prescriptions.

      • Grooms53

        Thank you for the info!  In that case I won’t switch to CVS! 

      • Bradyfigueroa

        Likewise for Tricare (as it is also a Federally funded program).

    • Proudlyamom

      Hope it works better for everyone else. I couldn’t get through. It didn’t recognize the stupid code I had to type in to indicate I wasn’t a robot.  So frustrating…………..will try when I have more time and patience.

    • Beth T.

      Would love it if this comes to Irmo, SC!  I already fill all our family prescriptions at the Lake Murray Blvd. CVS so this would be a definite win for me!!!  I scan my card every time.  They even let me scan my bag tag in the drive thru! :))

    • cindharb

      Please bring it to Asheville!  I love my CVS.

    • What a great idea!! Please bring to Indiana!!

    • What a great idea!! Please bring to Indiana!!

    • Great idea!  Please bring to Birmingham, Alabama :)