Walgreens to Launch 'Employer-centric' Health Care and Rx Service

January 14, 2009 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Walgreens announced it is launching what it calls an "employer-centric" pharmacy, health, and wellness program designed to reduce health care and prescription costs for employers across the country.

The program, called Complete Care and Well-Being, is offered through Take Care Health Systems, a Walgreens subsidiary that provides worksite health and wellness centers and in-store care clinics. According to the announcement, by combining these employer onsite centers and in-store clinics with Walgreens drugstores, employers can offer workers, their dependents, and retirees a comprehensive and integrated health care solution. In addition, beneficiaries under the plan receive a 15% savings on all Walgreens brand store products.

Walgreens says all prices are transparent to the employer.

Take Care’s employer health centers can offer complete pharmacy and health care services ranging from acute to primary care, occupational health, infusion services, specialty pharmacy, prescription mail services, and disease management. They are staffed by a combination of Walgreens clinicians including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professionals.

Take Care Clinics, walk-in health care clinics, are open seven days a week and located at Walgreens drugstores nationwide, are staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants who offer health care services.

The program’s availability extends also to health insurers and managed care organizations. “Complete Care and Well-Being can be a single-source offering, using Walgreens pharmacy administration capabilities, or can be integrated with an existing pharmacy and health care benefit provider,” said Walgreens President Greg Wasson, in the announcement.

For more information, go to www.takecarehealthsystem.com .