November 6, 2015

A CBS star and the producer of the People’s Choice Awards — which will be held Jan. 6 — got flu shots at a press conference to promote Walgreens’ vaccination campaign. 

November 5, 2015

Walgreens may have to shutter as many as 3,000 stores in its bid to buy Rite Aid, or 65% of Rite Aid's store base, according to one real estate analyst in a Fortune story published Thursday, including 1,000 locations Walgreens is willing to jettison as part of any FTC negotiation and another 2,000 locations after the merger is complete. "The post-merger Walgreens real estate imperative will be to minimize cannibalization," noted Garrick Brown, VP research at Cushman for the West Region, adding that there are countless Rite Aid and Walgreens locations opposite one another across the country. (Fortune)

November 5, 2015

While Apple Pay has been available for a little more than a year, usage rates are still low. Walgreens is the first retailer to integrating its loyalty program with the mobile payment service.

November 5, 2015

The move to the new EHR, EpicCare, will begin in early calendar year 2016.

November 2, 2015

Pharmacist interventions generated nearly 2% in lower hospital admissions and nearly 3% in lower emergency room visits, according to the Walgreens Health Services study. 

October 30, 2015

"Competition is essential in every part of our economy, and especially so in a market as complex and important as health care," Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said about Walgreens’ planned acquisition of Rite Aid. 

October 30, 2015

Walgreens currently operates 8,173 stores in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Rite Aid, meanwhile, operates 4,561 locations across 31 states and Washington, D.C.

October 29, 2015

In the wake of the news that Walgreens Boots Alliance would be acquiring Rite Aid, the New York Times has published a profile on Walgreens CEO Stefano Pessina and his career, during which he says he has overseen some 1,000 acquisitions, noting that he is open to opportunities that would expand the company’s footprint around the globe. “Due to my age, I won’t have a possibility to make many more acquisitions,” Pessina told the times. “And unfortunately, I cannot amuse myself dealing directly with small acquisitions, and dealing directly with owners and so on. ... But if we see an opportunity, at the right time, we will take it.” (New York Times)

October 29, 2015

Total drug store sales for the 34 weeks ended Oct. 24, 2015 increased 2.2% with sales of $17.4 billion.

October 28, 2015

In the United States, Walgreens Boots Alliance’s Retail Pharmacy division finished the year with total sales of $81 billion — up 6% over fiscal 2014 — driven by total comparable store sales growth of 6.4%

October 27, 2015

A deal would bring the No. 1 and No. 3 retail pharmacy operations under one roof, creating a pureplay pharmacy operator with more than 12,786 stores and more than $67.1 billion in pharmacy revenue, according to figures from DSN's Annual PoweRx Industry Rankings. 

October 27, 2015

“Today’s announcement is another step in Walgreens Boots Alliance’s global development and continues our profitable growth strategy," Stefano Pessina, Walgreens Boots Alliance executive vice chairman and CEO, said.

October 26, 2015

Walgreens has placed its plans to expand Theranos bloodwork centers on hold, USA Today confrimed in a report published Saturday. Walgreens spokesperson Markeisha Marshall wrote an email to USA Today saying that "with the completion of our Phoenix rollout that was part of our current agreement with Theranos, we are currently in discussions about the next phase of our relationship." (USA Today

October 23, 2015

A Walgreens Specialy Pharmacy executive is taking on a role with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Light the Night” fundraising walks. 

October 22, 2015

The line includes USB power cables, headphones and other technology accessories like mobile phone tripods. 

October 21, 2015

Slated for Wednesday, Nov. 18, “Partnerships in Population Health” is part of the six-part, DSN/CCA Retail Healthcare Webinar Series, which runs through December.

October 21, 2015

Hear from Walgreens’ president of pharmacy and retail operations about how the company is working to improve access to health services and ultimately improve health outcomes for patients. 

October 16, 2015
Hosted by the Husson University School of Pharmacy, Walgreens has sponsored the “Diversity in Health Care Lecture” four the past four years. The lecture is free and open to the public.
 
October 16, 2015

Natural and organic beauty has had many fits and starts since the 1970s. News flash: This time it is the real deal.

October 16, 2015

When she left her native Jamaica and entered St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y., two decades ago, 16-year-old Shauna Markes-Wilson aspired to be a pediatrician. However, it wasn’t long before a chance meeting altered those plans and sent her career in a slightly different direction.

October 15, 2015

Walgreens Boots Alliance and its predecessor company, Walgreens, have paid a dividend in 332 straight quarters (83 years) and have raised the dividend for 40 consecutive years.

October 15, 2015

The flu vaccination campaign is an extension of AmeriCares U.S. Program, which supports more than 800 free clinics and community health centers nationwide with free medicine and supplies.

October 13, 2015

The American College of Physicians has issued a position paper on retail clinics whose executive summary was published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine.