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Walgreens expanding in-store healthcare services

BY Marianne Wilson

Walgreens and diagnostic testing company LabCorp are expanding their collaboration.

The two companies have agreed to open at least 600 LabCorp patient service centers at Walgreens stores across the U.S. during the next four years. The total is inclusive of the 17 locations the companies opened since the initiative was launched in June 2017.

LabCorp at Walgreens locations are currently open in Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and Deerfield, Illinois. The sites, which offer which offer specimen collection services for LabCorp testing, are located near the pharmacy department area inside the Walgreens store.

“LabCorp’s strong partnership on this joint initiative, coupled with the enthusiastic consumer feedback we’ve received, allows us to undertake an exciting expansion of our collaboration together,” said Stefano Pessina, executive vice chairman and CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. “This reflects our commitment to transform our stores into neighborhood health destinations that provide a differentiated, consumer-focused experience, while providing access to a broad range of affordable health care services at a trusted and convenient setting.”

In addition, Walgreens and LabCorp are pursuing other collaboration opportunities, to take advantage of LabCorp’s unique combination of diagnostics and drug development expertise, and Walgreens experience in pharmacy, retail health and consumer engagement. The companies said they are exploring novel approaches to clinical research, helping consumers take a greater role in their own health and well-being, and expanding the health-related services available at LabCorp at Walgreens.

As of June 28, 2018, Walgreens operates approximately 9,800 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. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

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