Additionally, some of the returning staff is centered on the other critical issues the FDA is tasked with, including medical device and drug manufacturing inspections.
Walmart is one of the largest pharmacy chains in the United States with about 4,600 locations, but CVS said that the matter will not considerably impact its financial results.
That includes the services of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as the agency’s own commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, has taken pains to point out over the past few weeks.
Government workers are missing paychecks or working for free, TSA agents are quitting their jobs, and the Trump administration has been resorting to stopgap measures to make sure that services like IRS tax refunds and food stamps aren’t hampered in the short term.
CVS Health Corp. is battling Walmart Inc. over the cost of filling prescriptions, a clash that could result in a split between the retail behemoth and the health-care giant.
Walmart is expected to leave CVS Caremark pharmacy networks over the dispute, a split that could occur as soon as early February, though CVS said it has asked for an extension through April 30.
About 150 of the 400 are focused on food inspections, the rest are focused on other aspects of our mission,” said Gottlieb.
Anyone with CVS-administered drug benefits and Medicaid enrollees with CVS drug coverage will be affected if the split happens, CVS said Tuesday.
That means prescriptions filled at a Walmart pharmacy might not be eligible for coverage by their drug plans.
Walmart pharmacies are expected to leave the drugstore networks offered by CVS because of an ongoing pricing dispute.
Less than 5 percent of affected CVS Caremark members use only Walmart to fill their prescriptions, CVS said.
Reports that the FDA would have to severely cut back on food safety inspections as a consequence of the shutdown understandably elicited blowback.