September 13, 2013

The Department of Health and Human Services is setting aside $5.3 million to expand health information technology — particularly telehealth — in rural areas in order to improve mental health services for veterans.

Telehealth represents one of the best ways to expand healthcare services to underserved areas while also lowering costs by expanding the area a health professional can cover from a single location.

September 13, 2013

Theranos and Walgreens announced a long-term partnership to bring access to Theranos’ new lab testing service through Walgreens pharmacies nationwide. As the service becomes available through Theranos Wellness Centers inside Walgreens stores, consumers will be able to access less invasive and more affordable clinician-directed lab testing.

With this news, it becomes clear that the days of the Walgreens pharmacist and nurse practitioner are numbered. Not because those professionals are going anywhere, mind you. But because the connotation associated with those occupations really no longer apply. With the number of healthcare services being rolled out under the Walgreens umbrella, it would be more apropos to identify them as healthcare brokers.

September 12, 2013

Companies that work to create healthy workplaces will be honored next month as part of the annual Michigan's Best and Brightest in Wellness program, the groups sponsoring the program said.

September 12, 2013

The University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center recently partnered with Walgreens to offer a free bedside delivery program for patients to receive prescriptions before being discharged.

September 12, 2013

Throughout the month of July, customers of Walgreens helped raise more than $4.6 million for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a global organization funding Type 1 diabetes research.

September 11, 2013

Walgreens announced the latest updates to its iPhone mobile app that allows users to create photo cards with such special themes as thank you, holidays, announcements and invitations. Unique collages also can be created directly from an iPhone.

September 10, 2013

Another high-quality regional pharmacy chain will soon be just a memory.

September 10, 2013

In its partnership with Niantic Labs, Duane Reade has gamified the shopping experience through an app called Ingress. No purchase is necessary, but who in New York walks into a Duane Reade and then out again empty-handed? It's a traffic builder and impulse purchase opportunity. And it's working.

September 10, 2013

A study published by the Annals of Family Medicine found that 30.5% of adults seeking vaccinations did so during the evening (17.4%), on the weekend (10.2%) or on a holiday (2.9%), such as Columbus Day or Veterans Day.

September 10, 2013

Walgreens announced its acquisition of Kerr Drug, a privately-held regional pharmacy chain in North Carolina, to include both Kerr's retail drug stores and specialty pharmacy business.

September 9, 2013

Perfecta Products on Monday announced that Walgreens will sell two of its newest products, including Zim's Arnica Max Roll-On and Zim's Max-Freeze for Feet Continuous Spray.

September 9, 2013

Theranos and Walgreens on Monday announced a long-term partnership to bring access to Theranos’ new lab testing service through Walgreens pharmacies nationwide.

September 6, 2013

BACtrack on Thursday announced multiple partnerships with retailers — including Best Buy, Costco, Urban Outfitters and Walgreens — to begin selling "police-grade" breathalyzers.

September 5, 2013

Are drug stores becoming the new convenience stores? A new survey by The Hartman Group indicates that for many shoppers, the drug store is a destination for convenient purchases.

September 5, 2013

Walgreens on Thursday posted August sales of $6.2 billion, an increase of 5.6%. Sales in comparable stores increased by 4.8% in August.

September 4, 2013

Walgreens on Wednesday partnered with the United Nations Foundation to help provide vaccines during this flu season to children in developing countries through a donation to the Foundation's Shot@Life campaign.

September 3, 2013

AmerisourceBergen and Walgreens on Tuesday officially launched the previously announced 10-year relationship to distribute pharmaceuticals to more than 8,100 Walgreens locations across the country.

September 3, 2013

Duane Reade in late August surpassed 1 million Twitter followers, and will be celebrating the accomplishment at its 40 Wall St. location on Tuesday during an invitation-only event.

September 3, 2013

Walgreens on Tuesday announced a $3.5 million donation to Vitamin Angels, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping at-risk populations in need gain access to supplemental nutrition.

August 28, 2013

Walgreens and Orlando Health, a comprehensive not-for-profit healthcare organization based in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday announced a clinical collaboration that will provide coordinated and expanded healthcare services, while improving patient access to high-quality, convenient and affordable care throughout Central Florida.

August 28, 2013

Walgreens district manager Tyler Hough spent the fifth inning with WEEI radio broadcasters Dave O'Brien and Joe Castiglione, who were providing the play-by-play for the Boston Red Sox game vs. the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday evening, to talk about Walgreens' promotion in support of The Jimmy Fund.

August 27, 2013

Are big-box stores and shopping malls in the suburbs giving way to walkable retail? According to a couple of recent magazine articles, that appears to be the trend.

August 27, 2013

Walgreens CEO Greg Wasson was featured as a best-practice employer on a CNBC segment Tuesday afternoon on the hiring of Americans with disabilities.

August 26, 2013

The collaboration between Community Health Network and Walgreens' Healthcare Clinic is officially underway as of last week, the companies announced. It's just one manifestation of how retail clinics and the pharmacies that house them will contribute to making health care more cost-efficient in the years ahead through coordinated care vetted by improved outcomes.

In fact, 2014 will be the year of the retail clinic. The collaboration dovetails nicely with Walgreens' plans to significantly expand the scope of care found at Healthcare Clinic that president and CEO Greg Wasson talked about at the company's last quarterly conference call. "These new services include diagnosis, treatment and management for hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and asthma, as well as additional preventive health services," he said.