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Walgreens Latest API Program Allows Mobile App Developers to Leverage Prescription Refill Technology

  Walgreens Latest API Program Allows Mobile App Developers to Leverage
  Prescription Refill Technology

Making prescription refills easier can help patients get the most benefit from
                medication and lower overall health care costs

Business Wire

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- February 4, 2013

Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) today is making available a new
application programming interface (API) that allows third-party mobile app
developers to integrate the drugstore chain’s prescription refill technology.
Developers who have scanning functionality within their apps can easily
integrate the API to enable their users to order a prescription refill by
scanning the barcode on a Walgreens prescription bottle.

Walgreens Prescription API and Healthspek App (Photo: Business Wire)

Walgreens Prescription API and Healthspek App (Photo: Business Wire)

“People continue to become increasingly engaged with their mobile devices and
use the technology to help make their day-to-day lives easier,” said Abhi
Dhar, Walgreens e-commerce chief technology officer. “By incorporating the
Walgreens Prescription API, mobile app developers are providing users with an
easy way to refill prescriptions and help them properly take their
medication.”

Eleven percent of hospital admissions and 40 percent of nursing home
admissions are attributable to medication non-adherence, which has been
estimated to cost the U.S. health care system $290 billion annually.^1,2 In
addition to tools such as Refill by Scan, Walgreens pharmacists can
significantly improve adherence to medications through face-to-face
interaction and counseling. One recent study demonstrated a nearly 5 percent
increase in adherence rates among patients who received regular counseling
from their pharmacist over the course of a year.^3

The Walgreens Prescription API marks the first time such technology is
available for adoption among mobile app developers who focus on health and
wellness, and it is the second API program offered by Walgreens. Last year,
Walgreens launched its QuickPrints SDK and API, which provided third-party
developers with the ability to integrate in-store photo services for its
users. The Walgreens Prescription API has been adopted by several app
developers including Healthspek and PocketPharmacist.

“We are excited about our relationship with Walgreens. Walgreens leadership
position in technology and consumer empowerment fits perfectly with
Healthspek's message to consumers ‘Own Your Chart!’,” said Randy Farr,
president of Healthspek.

”PocketPharmacist is thrilled to offeriOSusers both the convenience and ease
of refilling their Walgreens prescriptions,” said Michael Guren, founder and
CEO of Danike, Inc. ”We believe this adds to our goal of helping people better
understand and manage their medications.”

Detailed information for the program can be found on the Walgreens Developer
Portal at developer.walgreens.com. Healthspek and PocketPharmacist apps can be
downloaded through the following links:

  *https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pocketpharmacist-drug-information/id387365379?mt=8
  *https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/healthspek/id576488481?mt=8

About Walgreens

As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2012 sales of $72 billion,
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) vision is to become America’s first choice for
health and daily living. Each day, Walgreens provides more than 6 million
customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and
services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services
and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services
includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along
with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower
costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health
systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates
8,061 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and
most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and
in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the
country.

^1 Osterberg L, Blaschke T. Adherence to medication. N Engl J Med. 2005;
353(5):487-497

^2 New England Health Institute. NEHI Research Shows Patient Medication
Nonadherence Costs Health Care System $290 Billion Annually. 2009. Available
at
http://www.nehi.net/news/press_releases/110/nehi_research_shows_patient_medication_nonadherence_costs_health_care_system_290_billion_annually.
August 11, 2009. Accessibility verified February 1, 2013.

^3 Taitel M, Jiang J, Rudkin K, Ewing S, Duncan I. The impact of pharmacist
face-to-face counseling to improve medication adherence among patients
initiating statin therapy. Patient Prefer Adherence. 2012;6:323–329

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