Walgreens Named One of Fast Company Magazine’s Most Innovative Health Care Companies for Third Time in Four Years

  Walgreens Named One of Fast Company Magazine’s Most Innovative Health Care
  Companies for Third Time in Four Years

 Walgreens recognized for innovations to transform community pharmacy and the
                        future of health care delivery

Business Wire

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- February 18, 2013

For the third time in four years, Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) has been
selected by Fast Company Magazine as one of the health care industry’s most
innovative companies, as part of the magazine’s “World’s Most Innovative
Companies” issue.

Walgreens was recognized for leadership and innovation in health care
services, including the company’s ongoing transformation of community pharmacy
highlighted by its Well Experience store format; its combination of health and
technology through development of award-winning mobile applications and web
tools to help people manage their health; and its public-private initiatives
with organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) and Department of Health and Human Services to improve access to health
care services, while creating a new standard for the patient-pharmacist
relationship.

“Against the backdrop of an increasingly challenging and changing health care
environment, innovation is critical to the development of programs, services
and other tools that can help people get, stay and live well,” said Kermit
Crawford, Walgreens president of pharmacy, health and wellness. “We’re proud
to again be recognized by Fast Company as one of the most innovative companies
in health care, and thankful to have a great team that’s focused on finding
new and different ways to improve our customers’ health and the communities we
serve.”

Walgreens has a rich history of innovation spanning more than 110 years. In
2012, Walgreens introduced or expanded a number of significant programs and
initiatives that contributed to its inclusion by Fast Company, such as:

Transforming the Community Pharmacy Experience

Walgreens continues to pioneer new ways to provide greater patient access to
expanded health care services. Through its Well Experience store model,
pharmacists are taken out from behind the counter to provide more patient
counseling, offer clinical services and answer questions. By making community
pharmacists more accessible, as well as through its more than 370 Take Care
Clinics located at select Walgreens across the country, the company aims to
create better health outcomes and generate cost savings for patients, payers
and the health care system.

Leveraging Technology to Benefit Patients

In 2012, Walgreens introduced a number of technological innovations aimed at
enhancing convenience for consumers and strengthening the connection between
pharmacists and their patients. This year, the company launched its Pill
Reminder mobile app and expanded its mobile prescription refill and transfer
capabilities. Walgreens also launched a new online “Find Your Pharmacist” tool
that allows customers to select a pharmacist by matching their health care
needs with the areas of expertise, specialties, languages and clinical
backgrounds of Walgreens pharmacists.

Utilizing Public-Private Initiatives to Provide Greater Access to Care

Working with leading health care organizations, Walgreens was a part of
innovative programs to help connect people with care and to take advantage of
the services community pharmacists and nurse practitioners provide. In 2012,
Walgreens worked with the CDC to develop a pilot program to connect more
people to HIV testing and counseling from specially trained Walgreens
providers. In addition, the company launched a medication therapy management
(MTM) model with the Department of Health and Human Services to provide
greater insight into how the patient-pharmacist relationship can improve
outcomes for HIV patients.

Through these public-private collaborations, and awareness efforts with local
and national AIDS service organizations, the drugstore chain is working to
make a meaningful impact on prevention, treatment and the end of AIDS.

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
8,067 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.

Contact:

Walgreens
Jim Cohn,  847-315-2950
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens
 
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