June 27, 2017

Besides its efforts to provide naloxone in states where regulations allow, Walgreens also has installed safe medication disposal kiosks in 600 pharmacies across the United States.

June 27, 2017

Walgreens said that it credits such tools as Pill Reminder and Refill by Scan for its mobile app’s popularity among those older than 55 years of age — a demographic that makes up 20% of its users. 

June 22, 2017

By expanding its digital strategy to one that encompasses mobility and other digital disruptors, group VP product and innovation Deepika Pande said Walgreens is removing friction from the shopping experience — streamlining customer engagement and driving more connections with shoppers.

June 22, 2017

Walgreens Boots Alliance and Theranos have tentatively reached accord on a $30 million agreement, according to a story published Wednesday in The Wall Street Journal. Walgreens had been seeking $140 million as part of a breach of contract suit in an attempt to recover the cost of its investment. According to reports, Theranos recently told investors it had about $54 million in cash left to settle suits, down from $187 million in January. (The Wall Street Journal)

June 19, 2017

Testing will be available at more than 220 participating Walgreens stores in 130 cities.

June 15, 2017

In January of this year, Florida Hospital and Walgreens announced a retail health clinic and pharmacy collaboration focused on delivering more coordinated care and providing greater access to patients.

June 13, 2017

Albuquerque, N.M. Mayor Richard Berry was recognized earlier this month by Walgreens Boots Alliance for promoting wellness in Albuquerque, KRQE reported. This is the first year Walgreens is giving out the “Happy and Healthy Community Champion” award for civic leaders who promote healthy lifestyles. “Mayor Berry is truly changing the course of these residents’ lives, not only in Albuquerque, but across the country as other mayors and cities adopt the program that he started in Albuquerque,” Kimberly Waltz, Walgreens government affairs, told KRQE. (KRQE)

June 12, 2017

In addition to increasing financing options, Fred's Pharmacy has entered an agreement with its lenders allowing the company to extend the outside commitment date to as late as Oct. 31.

June 9, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission is preparing "advice" to block the deal to merge Walgreens Boots Alliance and Rite Aid, according to a Investor's Business Daily report. The news was first reported by Bloomberg. "Shares of Rite Aid sank 14% to 3.03 in afternoon trading on the stock market [and] Walgreens dipped 0.3%. Rival CVS Health (CVS) edged up 0.5%," Investor's Business Daily reported. In addition, shares of Fred's Pharmacy, which has agreed to acquire as many as 1,200 divested Rite Aid locations as part of the deal, dropped 2.5% Friday. (Investor's Business Daily)

June 7, 2017

While the delay in merger approval has negatively impacted Rite Aid results, company officials acknowledged, the company is working toward improving performance.

June 5, 2017

Susan G. Komen Chicago is collaborating with Walgreens on a new effort to enourage patients to get mammograms by offering 1,000 Balance Rewards points to patients presenting vouchers proving they had a mammogram done at a participating healthcare facility. 

May 31, 2017

Walgreens Boots Alliance is likely to litigate should the Federal Trade Commission sue to block its proposed merger of Rite Aid, Cowen analyst Charles Rhyee opined according to a StreetInsider.com report published Wednesday. Rite Aid's value "remains significant" Rhyee noted. "This leads us to believe if the FTC were to block, WBA would litigate to win Rite Aid," he said. A deadlocked FTC is also a possibility, according to Rhyee. "The FTC Chairman, Maureen Ohlhausen, who is likely more favorable to the transaction, could use the 1-1 vote as leverage to build consensus and arrive at a consent decree." (StreetInsider.com)

May 26, 2017

 With flu season winding down, Walgreens on Friday released its final Flu Index of the 2016-17 season, noting which markets saw the most activity based on aggregate prescription data between October 2016 and April.

May 24, 2017

All veterans, active duty military personnel and their immediate family members, including the families of those who lost their lives in service to their country, will receive 20% on eligible store items.

May 23, 2017

Roughly three-quarters of visitors to the online platform are taking active follow-up steps, the retailer announced Tuesday, noting that its digital mental health resources also are reaching a broader demographic of consumers.

May 23, 2017

Walgreens Boots Alliance’s SVP communications and international affairs Yves Romestan will be departing the company, according to a report in PRWeek. Laura Vergani, who will become VP international and divisional communications — moving up from her most recent role as VP international communications —will take on many of his responsibilities, the report said. (PRWeek)

 

May 23, 2017

Walgreens is focusing more on health, wellness and beauty and it attempts to draw pharmacy customers to the front end.

May 23, 2017

Russian pharmacy retailer expects online sales to account for 10% of total revenue by mid-2018 from just 1% now, its corporate finance director told Reuters.

May 23, 2017

Appearance of company’s co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance will help honor Red Nose Day on May 25.

May 19, 2017

The local Chicago diaper bank will receive 250,000 diapers as part of the overall donation from Walgreens and Huggies.

May 18, 2017

In addition, Econdisc Contracting Solutions will have access to WBAD's sourcing efforts through the agreement.

May 18, 2017

Clinical abstracts from the studies being presented focus primarily on Walgreens’ efforts to improve medication adherence and patient outcomes through various pharmacy initiatives.

May 17, 2017

Drug and discount stores have managed to lure customers away from specialty and department stores to their doors for color cosmetics, where brows and lashes are leading the charge to attract shoppers, skin care and bubble bath products.

May 16, 2017

Continued Civil Information Demands from the Federal Trade Commission may be indicative that the agency plans to block the proposed merger, according to The New York Post sources.