22 October 2015

DEERFIELD, Ill., October 22, 2015 – In support and recognition of American Pharmacists Month, Walgreens is acknowledging its more than 27,000 community pharmacists for the important role they play as the most accessible health care providers in the community, supporting preventive and chronic care for the more than 8 million customers who interact with Walgreens every day.

Across more than 8,200 locations, Walgreens and Duane Reade pharmacists are deepening relationships with patients, working more closely than ever with local providers and health systems and providing a wide range of services to help improve the health of the communities they serve nationwide. From preventive services to specialized counseling and support for those managing complex conditions, Walgreens pharmacists serve as patient advocates furthering Walgreens purpose to champion everyone’s right to be happy and healthy.  

“As the most accessible, and among the most trusted, health care providers in thousands of communities across America, our pharmacists help patients achieve healthier lives by delivering personalized care and serving as an integral part of their care teams,” said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of pharmacy and retail operations. “This month is an opportunity to recognize and thank our community pharmacists for the tremendous impact they make in the lives of millions of people each day.”

During fiscal year 2014, the company’s pharmacists filled more than 850 million prescriptions, administered more than 9.6 million immunizations and helped patients managing complex conditions secure nearly $100 million in financial assistance to access life-saving therapies.

National Pharmacy Technician Day
October is also a time to thank and recognize pharmacy technicians and pharmacy interns for the value they bring to communities and to the profession on National Pharmacy Technician Day, Oct. 20.
 
About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), the nation's largest drugstore chain, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,240 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.