Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Walgreens expands prescription delivery program nationwide

Walgreens announced this week that it’s partnering with Fed Ex to provide speedy drug delivery to consumers Walgreens announced this week that it’s partnering with Fed Ex to provide speedy drug delivery to consumers
Celia Hoffman | 08 December, 2018, 16:12

Walgreens is now the fastest choice for next-day prescription delivery across the nation.

On Thursday, the pharmacy giant announced a partnership with FedEx to do national, next-day prescription delivery and same-day delivery for some cities.

"Our goal is to make filling prescriptions as fast and easy as possible for patients".

In addition to the next-day service, the company is also offering same day delivery in certain markets, which Walgreens says it will be expanding in the coming year. "Going forward, we will continue to transform our pharmacies to create neighborhood healthcare destinations that offer a wide range of accessible health and well-being services", said Smulevitz.

The Express service also allows patients to preview cost, prepay for eligible prescriptions and select whether they want home delivery or to pick up in store via their express checkout line. It's also had a relationship with FedEx in which Walgreens set up counters in its stores where customers can drop off and pick up packages.

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To access Walgreens Express, patients just need to be able to receive text message notifications; they can join the service by texting JoinRx to 21525.

"The rollout of delivery from almost all of our 9,800 retail pharmacy locations nationwide represents another step forward for us in delivering innovative omnichannel solutions that help people on their path to better health", CVS Pharmacy's president, Kevin Hourican, said in a statement earlier this year. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. "Next-day prescription home delivery is another convenience-driver, alongside our industry-leading number of extended hours pharmacies and one of the most downloaded digital apps in the category, created to put care in the hands of our patients", Richard Ashworth, PharmD, Walgreens president of operations, said in a press release. As of August 31, 2018, Walgreens operates 9,560 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with its omnichannel business, Walgreens.com.

Terms were not disclosed on the deal for PillPack, an online pharmacy which operates in all 50 U.S. states and offers pre-sorted dose packaging and home delivery.

Walgreens is getting deeper into the prescription-delivery wars. Orders must be received by 4pm, Monday through Friday.

Extended hour pharmacies are those open 14 hours or more daily.

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