U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius will
receive her seasonal flu vaccine and will talk about the importance of
prevention measures and flu season preparedness this morning at a
Walgreens (NYSE:WAG) (NASDAQ:WAG) "health and daily living" pilot store
in Chicago. The Secretary also will tour the store with Walgreens
President and CEO Greg Wasson, who will highlight the store's ability to
offer accessible, preventive health services such as flu vaccinations
and diabetes care in underserved communities.
"It's very exciting to see stores like these built on the principle that
good health starts with steps we can all take to avoid getting sick in
the first place," said Sebelius. "A perfect example of preventive care
is getting your annual flu shot to protect yourself and your loved ones.
So we're working closely with pharmacies like Walgreens to make the
vaccine widely available in communities across the country."
"We appreciate Secretary Sebelius recognizing the important role of
community pharmacists in health care," said Wasson. "With this pilot
store, we are advancing the profession of pharmacy by providing greater
accessibility to pharmacists for medication counseling, answering
questions and providing additional clinical services."
Pharmacists are on the front lines of health care and among the most
trusted professionals as ranked by Gallup's honesty and ethics survey.
Especially in medically underserved communities, pharmacies provide
critical access to health care services that often go beyond dispensing
medication. Walgreens new pilot pharmacy addresses the desire of
customers for better products, tools and guidance as they aspire to make
healthier choices in their daily lives. The pilot pharmacy also
addresses the national focus on prevention and management of chronic
diseases, which has highlighted the need for a model of care that is
convenient, coordinated and affordable.
is the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2011 sales of $72
billion. The company operates 7,779 drugstores in all 50 states, the
District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each day, Walgreens provides
nearly 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. 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.
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