October 8, 2013

American Express Serve announced a free nationwide cash load network and the addition of new money management capabilities to its full-service reloadable prepaid account.

October 7, 2013

Walgreens on Monday announced Balance Financial, a full suite of integrated financial services that will be launching in phases over the coming months, all built around its new Balance Financial Prepaid MasterCard.

October 4, 2013

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is taking to the airwaves to emphasize the role its members play in disseminating information about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the health insurance exchanges, which officially opened on Tuesday. NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson appeared on Bloomberg TV's "Surveillance" Tuesday morning to talk about what pharmacies are doing for healthcare delivery.

The NACDS and National Community Pharmacists Association have long touted retail pharmacies as the most accessible centers for health and wellness, and pharmacists as the face of neighborhood health care. That role is especially important given widespread ignorance among the public about the Affordable Care Act and the exchanges.

October 4, 2013

Walgreens reached a 19.1% prescription market share for its fiscal year ended Aug. 31. But that wasn't the story to come out of the Chicagoland retailer's conference call. The story was how far along Walgreens has come in its pledge to transform pharmacy.

Truth is, there isn't one aspect of the pharmacy business that hasn't been touched by Walgreens' focus on transformation. And with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act yet to come in 2014, Walgreens is far from done. See for yourself: click on DSN's Walgreens news feed — all Walgreens news, all the time — and you have one story after another about how Walgreens is helping to redefine what retail pharmacy means to employers, payers and most importantly, the patient, almost on a daily basis.

October 4, 2013

Walgreens' Beth Stiller, division VP category strategy and innovation, on Thursday discussed with Bloomberg Businessweek the shopping habits of today's post-recession consumer and how Walgreens is engaging that consumer where and when she wants.

October 4, 2013

Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson and Sona Chawla, Walgreens president e-commerce, on Wednesday made a keynote presentation on the closing day of the Shop.org Annual Summit 2013 here to talk about the opportunities associated with omnichannel retailing.

October 3, 2013

In preparation for flu season, actress Amanda Peet, ambassador of the UN Foundation's Shot@Life program, received her annual flu shot at Walgreens' flagship store in New York City to support its "Get a Shot, Give a Shot" campaign.

October 3, 2013

Walgreens on Thursday posted September sales of $5.9 billion, an increase of 8% as compared with the same month in fiscal 2013.

October 3, 2013

With an ongoing need for consumer education and awareness to help people understand their health insurance options under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Walgreens and Chicago-based GoHealth on Thursday announced a nationwide initiative and collaboration to assist customers and help provide a resource for those considering the new health insurance marketplaces.

October 2, 2013

Outcomes improve and there can be significant cost savings when infusion pharmacists monitor patients receiving home-based infusion services and intervene when dose adjustments are necessary, according to a Walgreens outcomes analysis study being presented Wednesday at IDWeek 2013 in San Francisco.

October 1, 2013

Beauty mavens can be wickedly beautiful this Halloween with the new Disney Villains collection now available at Walgreens stores nationwide.

October 1, 2013

In its quest to own health and daily living, Walgreens achieved several key milestones since the beginning of fiscal 2013.

October 1, 2013

Walgreens posted a sales gain of 0.8% for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, reaching a record $72.2 billion and filling a record 821 million prescriptions.

September 27, 2013

H-E-B pledged to not reduce employee work hours in an effort to avoid having to cover their healthcare last week. In contrast, other employers have been cutting their employee hours to avoid the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provision that would require healthcare coverage, according to a report published in the San Antonio Express-News.

And while some companies may be looking at ways to squeeze more out of their businesses, H-E-B, along with Walgreens and others, should be applauded for doing the right thing.

September 26, 2013

Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada on Tuesday announced receipt of a donation of flu vaccines compliments of Walgreens.

September 25, 2013

As part of the Black Chill product launch, Unilever’s Axe is whisking away nine winners — and their friends — to the ultimate winter adventure, the Axe Black Chill Challenge.

September 24, 2013

Community pharmacy’s long struggle to win professional recognition and a full seat at the health provider table is finally finding some traction as health systems, individual healthcare providers, health plans and plan payers begin to really connect the dots and build a workable framework for a more patient-centric, evidence-based and cost-effective system of care in the United States.

Momentum is growing for a higher level of pharmacy practice: one that broadens the role of the community pharmacist as an accessible, frontline health professional working in collaboration with a more integrated local healthcare network. Another example of the trend came last week, with the announcement by the American Hospital Association that it has endorsed the Walgreens WellTransitions coordinated care program.

September 24, 2013

Oral care brand hello has announced that it is expanding its national footprint from 7,800 stores to more than 18,000 stores across the United States by the end of September.

September 24, 2013

Walgreens was awarded a Colloquy Loyalty Award in recognition of its Balance Rewards loyalty program, the group announced.

September 23, 2013

The Shopper Marketing Expo, scheduled for Oct. 8-10, here, at the Navy Pier, will once again host the Path to Purchase Institute’s annual Design of the Times merchandising display competition.

September 23, 2013

Walgreens Healthcare Clinic (formerly known as Take Care Clinic) has formed a multi-year agreement with healthcare technology company Inovalon to provide Inovalon’s data-driven encounter support platform, Electronic Patient Assessment Solution Suite (ePASS), within Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens.

The news clearly represents yet another step in Walgreens’ commitment to improving patients’ access to healthcare solutions. In fact, the news comes about a week after the retailer announced that it is bringing access to Theranos’ new lab testing service through Walgreens pharmacies nationwide.

September 23, 2013

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September 20, 2013

Alliance Boots announced that it is establishing a specialized investment fund, B&B Capital Partners, which will be focused on small- and medium-sized consumer brand businesses within the health, wellness, beauty and personal care sectors.

September 19, 2013

The American Hospital Association earlier this week announced its exclusive endorsement of Walgreens WellTransitions, recognizing the program for medication adherence.