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United Nations Foundation gives Global Leadership Award to Walgreens Boots Alliance

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Walgreens Boots Alliance will be honored with the Global Leadership Award at the United Nations Foundation’s 2016 Global Leadership Awards Dinner Wednesday evening, Walgreens Boots Alliance announced.

Walgreens Boots Alliance’s co-COO Ornella Barra will accept the Global Leadership Award on behalf of the company.

“I am deeply honored to accept the Global Leadership Award from the United Nations Foundation on behalf of all of my dedicated colleagues and the customers who make the program possible,” Barra stated.  “While much work remains, we are very proud of the progress we have made, in partnership with our customers and the UN Foundation, to ensure that millions of children are immunized against diseases that could cost them their lives. Walgreens Boots Alliance is committed to helping people around the world lead happier, healthier lives and this program is an important part of our mission.”

“The world has set ambitious goals to improve lives and livelihoods around the world, including by achieving health and well-being for everyone by the year 2030,” stated Kathy Calvin, UN Foundation president and CEO. “Walgreens Boots Alliance has raised the bar through its strong commitment to the world’s most vulnerable citizens, who are often protected from a lifetime of deadly or debilitating diseases, including children who benefit from the Get A Shot. Give A Shot. campaign.”

Walgreens Boots Alliance is being recognized for its commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals through its support for wellbeing around the world. The award recognizes, in part, the accomplishments of Walgreens' highly successful Get a Shot. Give a Shot initiative, which provides life-saving vaccines to children in developing countries through the Foundation’s [email protected] campaign.

Get a Shot. Give a Shot is one of a range of programs that Walgreens Boots Alliance champions to improve health and wellbeing around the world. This month, through a partnership with Vitamin Angels, Walgreens reached its goal set two years ago of helping to provide 100 million children and mothers in at-risk populations with essential vitamins and minerals to help combat malnutrition.

Through a partnership with the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer, the company has funded a pan-European biobank for colorectal cancer to find new ways to treat this deadly disease. In addition, as the exclusive retailer of Red Nose Day in the United States, Walgreens has helped raise more than $31 million to benefit children’s health through Comic Relief USA. And a partnership between Boots UK and Macmillan Cancer Support helps provide access to the best cancer information for patients and caregivers across the U.K.
 
 

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CVS Pay goes national

BY Michael Johnsen

WOONSOCKET, R.I. – CVS Health on Wednesday announced the national rollout of CVS Pay, an end-to-end mobile payment solution at CVS Pharmacy. CVS Pay is now part of the CVS Pharmacy mobile app, and integrates payment, prescription pickup and the ExtraCare loyalty program all into one quick scan at checkout.

"We know that our customers lead busy lives, so our digital efforts are focused on making it easier for them to do simple but important things like picking up prescriptions. That's why we are thrilled to launch CVS Pay to CVS Pharmacy app users nationwide," stated Brian Tilzer, SVP and chief digital officer, CVS Health. "For our customers, CVS Pay offers more than just a payment solution: it's a seamless, quick and easy user experience that makes picking up prescriptions and shopping at CVS Pharmacy even more convenient."

CVS Pay first launched as a pilot program this August in the New York City metro area and the adoption of the program as well as feedback from customers has exceeded expectations. Now available to all users of the CVS Pharmacy mobile app, CVS Pay simplifies the checkout experience for customers nationwide.

CVS Pay users have the ability to refill, manage multiple prescriptions and now pick-up and pay all within the app. Additionally, customers can link their ExtraCare card with CVS Pay, meaning a single scan at checkout will process all ExtraCare deals, earn new rewards and handle payment for the transaction. For another added level of convenience, customers can also use CVS Pay at the drive-thru, where they can simply share a pickup number found within the CVS Pharmacy mobile app.

CVS Pharmacy customers can begin using CVS Pay by adding any credit or debit card into the CVS Pharmacy app. They can also add their Health Savings Account and Flexible Savings Account cards.

CVS Pay is available in the CVS Pharmacy app on iOS and Android devices and works with all major credit (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express), debit, Health Savings Account and Flexible Spending Account cards.

CVS Pay works in CVS Pharmacy standalone stores only and is not yet available at CVS Pharmacy in Target locations.

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