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Richard Ashworth

Walgreens takes aim at Rx abuse

DEERFIELD, Ill. — In an effort to stem the misuse of prescriptions and the rising incidence of overdoses, Walgreen Co. recently announced the launch of a new initiative to combat drug abuse. Aligning with public and private sector campaigns, Walgreens is making opioid-overdose antidote naloxone available without a prescription in most of its stores. The

Walgreens sharpens aim at drug abuse

Walgreens sharpens aim at drug abuse

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Aligning with public- and private-sector efforts to fight drug abuse, Walgreens plans to make opioid-overdose antidote naloxone available without a prescription in most of its stores and deploy medication disposal receptacles in hundreds of stores. Walgreens launched the initiatives Tuesday in an event at its Washington, D.C., flagship store attended by White House

Walgreens sharpens Flu Index tool

Walgreens sharpens Flu Index tool

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has enhanced its flu tracker tool to provide more specific location information. The drug chain said it has launched the first weekly Walgreens Flu Index for the 2015-16 season. The index ranks the top markets and states across the United States where flu activity is most prevalent each week, and it

Transformative changes the norm at Walgreens

Transformative changes the norm at Walgreens

DEERFIELD, Ill. — The acquisition of Rite Aid Corp. culminates sweeping change at Walgreens in the space of a little over three years. In linking its fortunes, starting in June 2012, to Alliance Boots GmbH and its dynamic leader, Stefano Pessina, the chain adopted a global outlook focusing simultaneously on scale and ­efficiency. Its merger

Walgreens, HHS partner in flu shot voucher program

Walgreens, HHS partner in flu shot voucher program

DEERFIELD, Ill. — To help improve immunization rates among uninsured and underinsured Americans, Walgreens is providing up to $15 million of free flu shot vouchers through its collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Walgreens said each voucher is good for one flu shot at any Walgreens pharmacy in the United

Two big chains kick off flu shot season

NEW YORK — Walgreens and Rite Aid have launched their annual flu shot campaigns, providing a range of vaccine options and making it easy to visit the pharmacy and get vaccinated. This season, Walgreens pharmacies and Healthcare Clinics nationwide and Duane Reade pharmacies in New York City will offer a trivalent flu vaccine, a needle-free

Walgreens, Rite Aid kick off flu shot campaigns

Walgreens, Rite Aid kick off flu shot campaigns

NEW YORK — Walgreens and Rite Aid have commenced their annual flu shot campaigns, providing consumers with a range of vaccine options and making it easy for people to get immunized against influenza. This season, Walgreens pharmacies and Healthcare Clinics nationwide and Duane Reade pharmacies in New York will offer such flu vaccination choices as a

UN, Walgreens vaccine campaign wins award

The United Nations Foundation and Walgreens received a Silver Effie Award in the health care services category for their 2014-15 “Get A Shot. Give A Shot” campaign. Launched in 2013 by Walgreens and the United Nations Foundation, “Get a Shot. Give a Shot” provides life-saving vaccinations to children in developing countries. For each immunization administered

Walgreens executes on single customer strategy

Walgreens executes on single customer strategy

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Richard Ashworth has an unprecedented role at Walgreens. In his job as president of pharmacy and retail operations, he brings together operational responsibility for the pharmacy and the front end, giving substance to the idea that a better customer experience will result by uniting the two parts of the drug store. Efforts are well under way

ACA enrollment off to a good start

WASHINGTON — Nearly 6.5 million consumers selected a health insurance plan or were automatically reenrolled under the Affordable Care Act in November and December. And 87% of people who selected 2015 plans through HealthCare.gov in the first month of open enrollment are getting subsidies to lower premiums, the government reported. “We’re pleased that nationwide, millions of

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