25 January 2016

Accreditation Provides an External Validation of Excellence in Specialty Pharmacy Management

DEERFIELD, Ill., January 25, 2016 - Walgreens today announced a renewed designation that further validates the quality of care delivered to patients with complex conditions through its centralized specialty pharmacy services. Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy LLC once again receives full specialty pharmacy accreditation from URAC, an independent health care accrediting organization that assesses quality standards for the health care industry. Based on industry quality benchmarks, URAC reviewed and certified Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy centralized services based on clinical credentials, operating processes and patient management results, among other core standards.

“At Walgreens, everything begins with quality of care and having the external validation through URAC is an extraordinary achievement that underscores our commitment to helping patients lead healthier lives,” said Mike Ellis, Walgreens corporate vice president, specialty pharmacy.

Care for Patients Managing Complex Conditions

Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy helps to empower patients with complex conditions to access their specialty and traditional medications, navigate the complexities of their treatment and care options and receive comprehensive support when and where they need it most.

Walgreens specially-trained pharmacists and clinical support professionals have helped patients from diagnosis to improved health through medication adherence programs customized to their unique health needs.

Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy provides patient care for a variety of conditions including cancer, cystic fibrosis, HIV, hepatitis C, infertility and transplant. Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy has a network of support for patients that include retail pharmacies, condition-specific specialized pharmacies, health system pharmacies and centralized patient support services.

For more information, visit www.walgreens.com/specialtypharmacy.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation's largest drugstore chains, 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 8,173 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.

About URAC

For 25 years, URAC has been the independent leader in promoting health care quality through accreditation, education, and measurement. URAC offers a wide range of quality benchmarking programs that reflect the latest changes in health care and provide a symbol of excellence for organizations to showcase their validated commitment to quality and accountability. URAC’s evidence-based measures and standards are developed through inclusive engagement with a broad range of stakeholders committed to improving the quality of health care.

 

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