Wal­greens launches next-day pre­scrip­tion de­liv­ery

The Arizona Republic - - Life - Nathan Bomey

Wal­greens is launch­ing a next-day pre­scrip­tion de­liv­ery ser­vice as phar­ma­cies brace for the pos­si­bil­ity of Ama­zon’s en­try into their world.

The drug­store chain an­nounced Thurs­day that it is part­ner­ing with FedEx to of­fer drug de­liv­ery through­out the na­tion in a new pro­gram called Wal­greens Ex­press.

The com­pany’s move comes af­ter ri­val CVS Health re­cently an­nounced a sim­i­lar de­liv­ery ser­vice.

Both re­tail­ers and the rest of the drug in­dus­try are pre­par­ing for the po­ten­tial en­try of Ama­zon into the phar­macy space.

The dig­i­tal gi­ant re­cently ac­quired on­line drug de­liv­ery firm Pil­lPack.

Wal­greens will charge $4.99 for the next-day de­liv­ery ser­vice.

Or­ders must be placed by 4 p.m. on busi­ness days.

Pa­tients can sign up to re­ceive text alerts when their pre­scrip­tions are ready to pick up.

They also can use the Wal­greens Ex­press app to pre­view the cost of their drugs, pre­pay their or­der and select de­liv­ery or in-store pickup through an ex­press line.

The chain also is of­fer­ing same-day de­liv­ery in cer­tain mar­kets, which it plans to ex­pand in 2019.

“Wal­greens is driven by a de­sire to make health care ac­ces­si­ble to all across the thou­sands of com­mu­ni­ties we serve,” Richard Ash­worth, Wal­greens pres­i­dent of op­er­a­tions, said in a state­ment.

“This ex­pan­sion of our al­liance with FedEx il­lus­trates our com­mit­ment to mak­ing fill­ing pre­scrip­tions as fast and easy as pos­si­ble.”

WIKI­ME­DIA COM­MONS

Wal­greens is of­fer­ing next-day pre­scrip­tion de­liv­ery, a step in com­pe­ti­tion with CVS and in an­tic­i­pa­tion of Ama­zon’s move into the field

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