Former ‘R&B Diva’ Kelly Price has officially declared war against her local CVS drug store.
The singer hit her Facebook page recently accusing the drugstore chain of refusing to fill certain prescriptions in what are considered to be ‘bad’ neighborhoods.
Early Tuesday morning, around 1 am, the Grammy nominated R&B singer stopped by a 24 hour CVS Pharmacy in Carson, California for painkillers in advance of dental surgery she was having and was old by the pharmacist on duty that they didn’t fill certain prescriptions after midnight because of the area where the store was located.
“I was offended for anybody who lives in a neighborhood that may not be considered the upper echelon – where expensive homes are. Or where six- and seven-figure earners live.”
Price hit her Facebook page to explain her position and to appropriately put the drug store on blast. In an open letter titled ‘SHAME ON YOU CVS,’ Price details her frustration with the drug chainand calls them out on what she feels are discriminatory practices.
More details + read Price’s lengthy Facebook below…
Price also recounts the ordeal and why she reacted the way she did on the local news station:
VIDEO: Kelly Price on CBS-LA News…
“I was offended for anybody who lives in a neighborhood that may not be considered the upper echelon – where expensive homes are. Or where six- and seven-figure earners live,” Price told CBS-LA.
CVS subsequently issued a stated after Price’s claims hit the media stating that the pharmacist at the Carson location was out of line. The statement reads in part, “It is not the store’s or the company’s policy to decline to fill certain prescriptions after midnight.”
Price said CVS eventually apologized to her as well. In a second Facebook post, she wrote about speaking with Henry Casillas, CVS’ Area Vice President, stating he personally apologized about the incident at the pharmacy and told her it was not CVS policy, and that the partitions should not have been at the windows. He also informed Price that there would be an internal investigation.
Price said in her second post that she’s hopeful for a positive change from CVS.
“It is my hope that no person in ANY community should ever have to deal with unfair scrutiny or denial of service because of where they live, what they look like or how rich or poor the pharmacist thinks they are.
Hopefully this will be the beginning of a change in the way this company does business in our communities.”