Weed’s only pharmacy will soon close and Owens Pharmacy in Mount Shasta will be rebranded after Owens Healthcare announced last week that it will sell 12 northern California pharmacies to CVS.

Weed’s only pharmacy will soon close and Owens Pharmacy in Mount Shasta will be rebranded after Owens Healthcare announced last week that it will sell 12 northern California pharmacies to CVS.

The transition, according to a press release, is expected to be completed by the end of September and “all existing employees will be considered for positions with CVS pharmacy.”

Of the 12 pharmacies in question, CVS plans to maintain its operations in Mount Shasta at 101 West Lake Street, in Anderson, and at three Redding locations. They’ll be rebranded as CVS pharmacies.

The rest, including the Owens Pharmacy in Weed, will close and “all pharmacy files and pharmacy inventory will be transferred confidentially to the nearest CVS pharmacy location.” In Weed’s case, this is the new Mount Shasta location.

Owens Healthcare Inc. President and CEO Steve Madsen said the change is due to “the changing healthcare model.”

“After consulting with Pacific Pharmacy Consultants, the time has come for us to pass our retail business on to a company with more resources that can take great care of our wonderful customers, and for us to refocus on the continued growth and success of the other five divisions of Owens,” said Madsen.

Both Owens and CVS said in the release that they’re “working closely together to ensure that the transition is seamless for both patients and employees.” They add that ensuring patient care and pharmacy access isn’t interrupted is critical to both companies.

Owens Healthcare will be retaining and will continue to operate its long term care pharmacy, compounding pharmacy, infusion services, medical equipment/respiratory services and real estate businesses.

Owens Executive Chairman John Friesen added that it’s been an honor for his family to serve other families in northern California.

“My father, Royce Friesen’s goal from the beginning of Owens in 1957 has been to provide an exceptional patient care experience,” said Friesen. “My family and I thank you for your years of support for Owens Pharmacy, and we are confident the transition to CVS will be smooth and beneficial for our patients and employees over the long run.”

“CVS Pharmacy knows that these locations have been providing trusted pharmacy care for Northern California for years and we are excited to continue that tradition,” said Joe Awais, Regional Director of CVS Pharmacy. “We will combine Owens core services with CVS pharmacy’s industry-leading products and services to ensuring that the pharmacy needs of these new patients are not only met, but exceeded.”

CVS Pharmacy offers unique clinical pharmacy services, medication adherence programs, and automatic refills to help patients take their medications on time and as directed, immunizations, text alerts to inform patients when their prescriptions are ready, and digital tools to help patients manage their prescriptions, according to the release, as well as the CVS Pharmacy ExtraCare Program, the nation’s largest rewards program that provides customers with special savings, ExtraBucks, and offers that are earned by shopping in-store or at www.cvs.com.