February 11, 2016

While flu activity remains relatively low across most of the U.S., The Walgreens Flu Index data is tracking increased flu activity in the South and West regions.

February 11, 2016

With the 2016 legislative session underway, the Walgreens Corporate Partnership comes at an opportune time.

February 11, 2016

In a late January statement, Theranos resolved to "take corrective action and will submit a full plan of correction to CMS within days."

February 9, 2016

Walgreens will install safe medication disposal kiosks in more than 500 drug stores in 39 states and make naloxon available without a prescription at its pharmacies in 35 states. 

February 4, 2016

Rite Aid stockholders have voted to approve the proposed merger with Walgreens Boots Alliance, the Pennsylvania retailer announced Thursday morning.

February 4, 2016
Flu season most often peaks in February in the U.S., Walgreens reported. 
February 3, 2016

Is urgent care the next evolution of today's rapidly expanding retail clinics? On Wednesday Forbes speculated that the fast-growing urgent care market may be ripe for an entry from CVS Health or Walgreens Boots Alliance. "CVS or Walgreens will attempt to enter the standalone urgent care and primary care spaces in the next 12 to 24 months," suggested Gordon Maner, managing partner Allen Mooney Barnes in a recent report, Forbes noted. "Walmart, Target and other consumer-driven businesses will attempt to increase touch points with customers via immediate and scheduled healthcare services, although they will struggle to find profitability." (Forbes)

February 1, 2016

The availability of the antidote to opioid overdoses through retail pharmacy is increasing. 

January 29, 2016

Drug Channels on Thursday released its latest ranking of pharmacies based on total prescription revenues, with Walgreens Boots Alliance the largest of retail pharmacies, followed by CVS Health and Walmart. "We estimate that total revenues of retail, mail and specialty pharmacies reached $364.1 billion in 2015, up 12.1% from 2014," wrote Adam Fein, CEO Drug Channels Institute. "The top tier of dispensing pharmacies ... accounted for about 64% of U.S. prescription dispensing revenues in 2015." (Drug Channels)

January 29, 2016
This week, Arizona ranks No. 2 in flu incidence among states and No. 3 in flu incidence gains, while Nevada tops the Walgreens Flu Index. 
 
January 28, 2016
In addition, Walgreens is suspending Theranos laboratory services at its Palo Alto, Calif., store, effective immediately.
 
January 27, 2016

The three shareholder proposals outlined in the company’s 2016 Proxy Statement were overwhelmingly supported by shareholders. 

January 26, 2016

Last year, many new multimedia features were added to the redesigned website, which includes a newsfeed, commentary, infographics, animations, video clips, health calculators and trackers, quizzes, as well as a drug interaction checker, pill identifier, and guide to pronunciation of medical terms. 

January 25, 2016

Based on industry quality benchmarks, URAC reviewed and certified Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy centralized services based on clinical credentials, operating processes and patient management results.

January 21, 2016

Five of the top 10 markets with flu activity are located west of Texas. 

January 21, 2016

Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO Stefano Pessina on Thursday discussed merging cultures between Walgreens and Boots Alliance and the U.S. retail pharmacy market with Bloomberg. "The U.S. has a very complicated structure of delivering drugs to the patient, starting from the manufacturer, the health plan, the PBM, the distributor, the pharmacies," Pessina said. "There are a lot of dissynergies and a lot of waste ... if we could compact the [pharmaceutical supply] chain, it would make it more integrated and we would save a lot of money." (MSN)

January 19, 2016

Joe Magnacca was EVP and president Daily Living Products and Solutions for Walgreens, where he oversaw the company's marketing and merchandising operations in more than 8,000 stores. 

 

 

January 14, 2016

The Daily Mail on Thursday reported that the plot of land where 19 women were hanged as part of the Salem witch trials - a place known as Proctor's Ledge - today overlooks a Walgreens location. "[We] asked locals where they thought [Proctor's Ledge] was and ever last one of them told us to go to this location," Wicccan Michele Ruscitti, who visited Salem in 2006 with her husband, told the New York Post. "I found it odd, since the town embraces their history, that there were no markers there. None ... just a Walgreens on the corner." (Daily Mail)

 

January 14, 2016

WebMD is in talks with potential buyers to sell all or part of its business, Financial Times reported Thursday morning, though WebMD denies that to be the case. "The digital company, which provides data and edcuational information about illnesses, has been in talks with a number of potential buyers, said people close to the company," FT reported. Both Walgreens and UnitedHealth have been mentioned as potential suitors. WebMD issued a statement later Thursday morning that "in light of recent news reports, the company is reporting that it is not currently in any negotiations to be acquired." (Financial Times)

January 14, 2016

While the top markets with flu activity presently are located predominantly across the South, this past week has seen markets within Wisconsin and Iowa realize significant flu activity gains. 

January 13, 2016

Walgreens, along with a host of other retailers, on Tuesday opted into Visa's Visa Checkout to help facilitate an omnichannel shopping experience. Walmart.com also will be incorporating the option into its services within the year, Visa reported.

January 11, 2016

For Walgreens, the agreement aligns with a two-pronged growth strategy for its retail clinics: investing in its core business while also developing deeper, more innovative approaches with health systems.

January 8, 2016

The Walgreens Flu Index data continues to suggest slight increases in flu activity in a number of markets, including Las Vegas and several markets in the deep South. 

January 7, 2016

Walgreens Boots Alliance’s proposed acquisition of Rite Aid Corporation is progressing as planned following a first quarter of fiscal 2016 that saw a 48.5% increase in net sales over last year.