Wiley’s Pharmacy, a chain of four Lancaster County pharmacies, will close on Sept. 14 and the company has sold its customers’ prescriptions to a nearby CVS or Rite Aid pharmacy, depending on location.
Neither Wiley’s representative nor CVS spokesperson said why the pharmacy chain was closing. Rite Aid did not respond to emails asking for comment on Tuesday.
Wiley’s notified the state of its pending closure and transfer of patient records on Aug. 31.
This is where records are transferred:
Wiley’s Strasburg, 300 Historic Drive, to CVS, 2835 Covered Bridge Drive, East Lampeter Township.
Wiley’s East Hempfield Township, 903 Nissley Road, to CVS, 630 Centerville Road, East Hempfield.
Wiley’s Millersville, 507 Leaman Ave., to CVS, 1278 Millersville Pike, Lancaster Township.
Wiley’s Quarryville, 112 Towns Edge Drive, East Drumore Township, to Rite Aid, 315 West Fourth St., Quarryville.
Wiley’s customers who relied on the delivery service, which was free with a $20 purchase, were able to get higher delivery charges. While Wiley’s deals directly with customers, CVS and Rite Aid use third-party delivery companies. With one to two days’ notice, delivery to CVS customers is covered by a CarePass subscription, which costs $48 per year. For on-demand same-day delivery, CVS uses Shipt, which charges $99 per year or $10.99 per month, according to the website. Rite Aid does not list delivery as a service from the Quarryville location. Details on CVS deliveries can be found at https://www.cvs.com/content/delivery/faq or by contacting the CVS location
Under state law, a pharmacy that ceases operations must immediately notify the pharmacy’s state board of the disposal of prescription records. After 30 days, those prescription files cannot be transferred without prior approval from the board.
“Customers may want to check with Wiley’s to see if they give customers the option to point to where they want to send their prescription files before closing, as some pharmacies offer this service to customers,” said Mark Walters, deputy communications director for the Pennsylvania Department of State in an email to LNP | Lancaster Online. The department oversees the pharmacy council.
CVS confirmed the deal, but did not disclose how much it paid.
“CVS Pharmacy has entered into an agreement to acquire the retail pharmacy business of The Wiley Pharmacy Group,” CVS spokesman Matt Blanchette said in an email. “We are working to ensure that the transition is seamless for patients and that access to pharmacy care is not interrupted.”
He said existing Wiley’s Pharmacy employees have the opportunity for positions at CVS Pharmacy. Neither Blanchette nor Wiley’s attorney, John Reed of Barley Snyder, would say how many people work for Wiley’s.
Rite Aid did not respond to a request for information.
Wiley’s pharmacy chain was founded by brothers Stephen W. and John R. Wiley, who opened the first branch on Centerville Road in East Hempfield in 1992 and the second in 1999 in a shopping center in Quarryville.
John R. Wiley is listed as the owner and pharmacist at the Strasburg and Quarryville locations on the chain’s website, while Stephen is listed as the owner in the state notice.
According to LNP | According to LancasterOnline, Stephen Wiley resigned as company president, officer and general pharmacist on December 20, 2012. Months later, he was charged with supplying alcohol to a minor and sexually abusing minors. The assault charges were dismissed. He served five years’ probation for corruption of minors and paid fines, according to provincial data.