Take it from The Old Gays (pictured above, from left): Jessay Martin, Bill Lyons, Robert Reeves and Mick Peterson. These four openly gay men in their 60s and 70s regularly go viral for their comedy and dance videos on TikTok, having garnered a massive 136.9 million likes and over 1 billion views on the social media platform. If your days are anything like theirs, then dance practice doesn’t leave much time for running errands, like picking up your prescriptions. For two of The Old Gays, who are openly HIV positive and adhere to a strict medication regimen, this especially rings true.
Everyone, but particularly those with a chronic condition, busy lifestyle or who are caregivers, can benefit from the pharmacy services Walgreens offers in store, online and via the Walgreens app. The app provides a seamless prescription experience that includes every modern convenience you could want from your pharmacy. Clever features such as setting pill reminders, refill by scanning prescriptions, combining family orders and a real-time, 24/7 chat option with pharmacists eliminate the need to run to the pharmacy for in-person consultations and prescription pick-up, thanks to the option for same-day prescription delivery.
Loza Theodros, a Walgreens pharmacist at an HIV-specialized pharmacy in Los Angeles, considers these services to be indispensable for her patients. For those with chronic conditions like HIV, taking medications on a regular basis is crucial for managing their health. Setting up automatic refills or selecting same-day delivery can remove barriers to keeping on top of a medication regimen, and give time back for what matters most—like dance practice.
“The world is changing at a rapid rate and digitalization is a big part of it,” says Theodros. “Managing your health can seem overwhelming, and the Walgreens app just makes life easier. You don’t have to go out of your way with gas prices the way they are and the pandemic the way it’s been. There are so many tools and resources that can help our community. I encourage everyone to give it a shot.”
And speaking of shots, you can also use the Walgreens app to schedule an appointment for a vaccine, such as COVID, shingles and pneumonia, or arrange for a combination of vaccines in one appointment.
You’ll recognize Theodros, who has a sizeable social media following herself, collaborating with The Old Gays to spread the word about the benefits of Walgreens pharmacy services. When she isn’t providing healthcare for those living with chronic conditions at her day job, she’s hosting Sunday Stillness sessions for her 23,000 Instagram followers as a way of creating a safe, meditative space.
“I’ve loved seeing my worlds collide in this opportunity with The Old Gays,” she says. “They bring light to their platform just by showing themselves navigating what it’s like to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community. Whether you’re old, young, gay, straight, a pharmacist, a TikTok influencer or something in between, Walgreens pharmacy services put you in control of your care—and put it at your fingertips.”
Watch as Theodros and The Old Gays demonstrate what a “real-time” chat with a pharmacist might look like when you use Walgreens.