The American Academy of Pediatrics took a direct shot this morning at pharmacy-based clinics, which are popping up with great regularity: The retail clinics aren't for kids, according to the academy.
In a statement published this morning in the journal Pediatrics, the academy said the drugstore- and supermarket-based clinics may be playing a bigger role in the delivery of health care, but the facilities simply don't provide the continuity of care that pediatricians do. The academy stated that the retail-based clinics "fragment medical care and are detrimental to the medical home concept of longitudinal and coordinated care."
There are currently more than 1,600 retail-based clinics in the U.S.
“The AAP strongly feels that the medical home model of care for kids is best,” said lead author Dr. James Laughlin. "Unless the retail-based clinics are willing to work collaboratively with us, then it's not going to be helpful."
But officials with CVS and Walgreens who run many of the walk-in clinics insist that their providers follow evidence-based guidelines for children's care and provide follow-up reports with pediatricians.
“We believe in the primary care medical home and we’re supportive of it,” Dr. Andrew Sussman, president of CVS MinuteClinic, told NBC News. “We believe we can play an important and complementary role.”