PHARMACY

Walgreens Boots Alliance’s new initiative supports people living with cancer

BY Sandra Levy

Walgreens Boots Alliance announced the launch of its Collaboration for Cancer Prevention, Research and Support. The new initiative is a transatlantic charitable partnership between the company and leading European, British and American cancer organizations to support people living with cancer at all moments of their journey.

Recently, WBA gathered with leaders from the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer, Macmillan Cancer Support and Susan G. Komen to officially launch the collaboration. In addition, the organizations committed to pursuing joint projects with the goal of ensuring a future in which patients have access to personalized care and support.

Another goal of the organizations and the company is working together on initiatives to develop and support innovative cancer research infrastructure and to share best practices to improve patient care.

WBA is committed to facilitating these collaborative efforts, supporting their success through fundraising and driving their impact through its pharmacy locations, a common touchpoint for people with cancer, the company said.

“As a global health and well-being enterprise, WBA’s purpose is to help people live healthier and happier lives, and we are committed to doing all we can to support the fight against cancer. With our global health reach and broad network of partners, we are uniquely positioned to act as convener as we bring the best minds and organizations together to fight the disease. With cancer being a leading cause of death worldwide, WBA is accelerating and facilitating support for research and prevention, as well as assistance for people living with cancer, their loved ones and caregivers,” Ornella Barra, Walgreens Boots Alliance co-chief operating officer and the chairman of the company’s corporate social responsibility committee, said.

More than 110,000 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and other health care service providers and practitioners are among WBA’s more than 415,000 employees across the world. Its scale and accessible retail pharmacy locations uniquely position the company to be a resource for people living with cancer, the company said.

In Europe, WBA and the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer, or EORTC, recently agreed to a five-year extension of their partnership. The collaboration supports the expansion of EORTC’s pan-European cancer research infrastructure Screening Cancer Patients for Efficient Clinical Trial Access to all types of cancer including rare cancers.

In the United States, Walgreens and Susan G. Komen have a long history of working together to provide support for people with breast cancer with education, patient navigation, access to quality care and assistance for people undergoing treatment. Most recently, Komen collaborated with Walgreens on the launch of Feel More Like You, a program designed to help people with cancer manage the physical and emotional side effects of their treatment available through more than 3,000 Walgreens stores.

In the UK, Boots UK and Macmillan Cancer Support have worked together for 10 years to provide expertise, information and support to those living with or affected by cancer. More than 2,000 Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists and more than 800 Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisors provide support in-store for people on how to help manage the effects of cancer and its treatments. In just one year, these trained pharmacists had over 92,000 conversations and the beauty advisors delivered more than 44,500 beauty consultations, providing critical help and advice to patients in the heart of their communities across the UK.

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