Walgreens (Nasdaq:WAG) is expanding its in-store clinic services to include preventive health care provided by its pharmacists. The move comes as pharmacies become the most accessible providers of health care as medical and insurance costs have become out of reach for some consumers during the economic crisis.
Walgreens announced that it will now offer daily testing for cholesterol, blood glucose and body composition at more than 60 stores in Maryland. Each test also includes a free blood pressure reading and personal consultation with a Walgreens pharmacist.
"Providing convenient, affordable access to health testing services is an important part of our commitment to disease prevention and chronic care management," said Jon Reitz, market pharmacy director, in a company statement. "As the most accessible health care providers, our pharmacists are spending more time with patients through consultations, immunizations, medication questions or concerns, health testing and other important services to help our customers get, stay and live well."
No appointment is needed to receive the services, which range in cost from $15 to $35 each. Customers can also opt to receive a bundle of services to check cholesterol, blood glucose and body composition for a discounted rate of $65.
The addition comes on the heels of Walgreens' most recent quarterly report, in which the retailer saw comp-store sales growth of 3.2 percent year over year and sales at pharmacy counters rise 4.7 percent. The company also noted that flu shots administered at pharmacies and clinics surged to more than 6.1 million from about 4.6 million last year, an indication that its expanded offerings will could also be well received by consumers.
-See this Walgreens press release
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