Anyone questioning whether retail pharmacies want to become big players in the healthcare game should take a look at their recent clinical and technological moves. Since the beginning of 2014:

"Pharmacies are becoming more involved in chronic disease management to help patients with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. All of these conditions are exacerbated by smoking. When we thought about where we expect to be in five years as a healthcare company, it was clear that removing tobacco products from our stores was the right thing to do," CVS Caremark explains in an e-mailed statement attributed to Chief Medical Officer Troyen Brennan, M.D. (Major pharmacy chains were reluctant to give spoken interviews for this story, but some provided written answers to Health Data Management's questions.)

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