Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Walgreens Starts Next-Day Drug Delivery

Walgreens Starts Next-Day Drug Delivery

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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.

Not to be outdone, now Walgreens has struck a similar partnership for its prescription delivery service, announcing on Thursday that it has partnered with FedEx to deliver drugs to patients next-day.

Walgreens' new prescription delivery service, part of Walgreens Express, will enable customers to get prescriptions delivered to their doorstep as quickly as the next day. "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", said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of operations.

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


Customers who opt into getting texts from Walgreens will get an alert when a prescription is ready, and then can decide to have it delivered instead of coming into the store. At the start, the service will be available at 7,100 of Walgreens' 9,560 pharmacies. Amazon's June announcement of its acquisition of online pharmacy PillPack, combined with Amazon's ubiquitous promise of efficiency and low-priced delivery was, according to Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO Stefano Pessina, "a declaration of intent". (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, president of operations for Walgreens, said in a statement.

On Thursday, the pharmacy giant said it partnered with FedEx to do national, next-day prescription delivery. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

Amazon has always been rumored to be interested in the pharmacy business, and its entry could disrupt a business dominated by large American chains such as CVS and Walgreens. Right now, same day delivery is only available in Dallas, Chicago, New York City, Gainesville, Miami, Tampa, and Fort Lauderdale.

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

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