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BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, and Sanofi U.S. have announced the opening of a full-service medical center and on-site pharmacy at Sanofi’s U.S. headquarters in Bridgewater, N.J.
The Sanofi health center and pharmacy is operated by Take Care Health Systems and serves 2,600 employees in the Bridgewater area. Services include primary care, urgent care, laboratory services, preventive care, wellness, health screenings, patient education and disease management. In addition, the on-site pharmacy provides medication counseling, prescription transfers, automatic refills and OTC items.
The clinic and pharmacy will help employees achieve and maintain improved health outcomes by allowing them to manage their healthcare needs during the workday, and Sanofi will evaluate these outcomes to guide future decisions on employee wellness offerings.
“As a global healthcare company that is dedicated to solving health challenges, it is essential for us to know that we are doing everything we can to help our own employees and their dependents stay well,” stated Sanofi’s Judy O’Hagan, VP U.S. human resources. “By providing access to the broad range of healthcare services that will be made available through this health center and pharmacy combination, we will offer a cost-conscious, convenient approach to health care for our employees.”
In addition to the on-site clinic and pharmacy, the company offers a variety of health-and-wellness services at sites across the United States. Sanofi recently distributed vouchers to all U.S. employees and dependents for a flu shot, redeemable at any Walgreens throughout the country.
“Sanofi is a true innovator that continues to demonstrate a commitment to their employees by offering a robust array of health services at the worksite,” stated Peter Hotz, Walgreens group VP. “This is an example of a leading company working with Walgreens to deliver and develop innovative health services and worksite offerings that can drive improved patient outcomes, overall savings and happier and more productive employees."
Recent research has demonstrated that the face-to-face counseling and convenient access provided by the combination of an on-site pharmacy and full-service health center can drive a nearly 10% increase in medication adherence. Nonadherence is a significant health issue; up to 11% of hospital admissions can be attributed to nonadherence of medication therapy, and it currently costs an estimated $100 billion a year to the national healthcare system.