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Walgreens, LabCorp to open at least 600 in-store patient service centers

BY DSN STAFF

Walgreens and LabCorp are expanding their partnership in a big way. The two companies said Wednesday they would be opening at least 600 LabCorp patient service centers inside Walgreens U.S. locations in the next four years. The total number of centers would include the 17 that the two have opened since they announced the partnership in June 2017.

The existing LabCorp at Walgreens centers are open in Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and Deerfield, Ill., offering specimen collection services for LabCorp testing at sites located near the in-store pharmacy. The offer specimen collection for a range of testing that is performed at LabCorp’s regional and specialty laboratories. They allow for check-in on various websites, as well as onsite proprietary LabCorp|Express tablet-based check-in.

“LabCorp’s strong partnership on this joint initiative, coupled with the enthusiastic consumer feedback we’ve received, allows us to undertake an exciting expansion of our collaboration together,” said Stefano Pessina, executive vice chairman and CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance. “This reflects our commitment to transform our stores into neighborhood health destinations that provide a differentiated, consumer-focused experience, while providing access to a broad range of affordable health care services at a trusted and convenient setting.”

The companies also are pursuing other collaboration opportunities that will leverage LabCorp’s combination of diagnostics and drug development expertise and Walgreens’ role in pharmacy, retail health and consumer engagement. Among the efforts being explored are new approaches to clinical research, helping drive patient engagement in their health, enabling value-based care and expanding the services available at the LabCorp at Walgreens sites, the companies said.

“We chose a partner with shared values and a shared vision of creating a differentiated consumer-focused experience, which has led to an extremely successful collaboration,” LabCorp chairman and CEO David King said. “LabCorp at Walgreens is a central piece of our expanding consumer strategy, as we continue to create new channels for our offering by meeting consumers where they want to be met, extending the reach of our mission to improve health and improve lives.”

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