UPS Teams Up with CVS to Deliver Prescriptions by Drone

Council member UPS has partnered with CVS to begin drone deliveries of prescriptions directly to consumers’ homes. In October, UPS’s subsidiary UPS Flight Forward became the first company to receive Federal Aviation Administration approval to operate a drone airline.

The first UPS prescription delivery was from a CVS store in Cary, NC, and was delivered to customer with limited mobility living in a retirement community. According to UPS, the drone “hovered 20 feet over properties and slowly lowered the packages by a cable and winch to the ground.” CVS and UPS plan to develop a variety of drone delivery options for urban, suburban, and rural markets in the upcoming months. The companies have identified significant potential for drone deliveries in rural communities where life-saving medications are needed and consumers do not have convenient access to a CVS Pharmacy.

“UPS Flight Forward is rapidly building a robust customer base and a network of technology partners to galvanize our leadership in drone delivery,” said Scott Price, UPS Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer. “Previous thinking had been limited to only ground transportation technology. Now we’re thinking in three dimensions.”

The Council congratulates UPS and CVS on this transformational partnership to improve prescription drug access around the country.

Read more in the Providence Journal.

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