Walgreens rolls out in-app doctor consultations

Walgreens Boots Alliance (NYSE:WBA) shoppers will be able to talk to doctors via a smartphone app starting May 31. The new app feature will first be available to Illinois customers and then roll out to 25 additional states by the end of the year.

"More important than the quantity of our prescriptions, we want [the pharmacy and pharmacists' roles] to be more personalized," Alex Gourlay, president of Walgreens, told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Walgreens is partnering with MDLive to let patients contact and consult on video with a doctor. Each consultation costs $49.

The retailer's current app allows consumers to refill prescriptions and chat with pharmacists. It is currently the country's third most popular app behind the Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Groupon apps.

The app is free and works with loyalty points when consumers use it to track their health goals. The feature has been tested in California and Michigan.

Walgreens officially purchased European health retailer Alliance Boots for $16 million on Dec. 31, and soon after Alex Gourlay was named president.

For more:
-See this Chicago Sun Times article

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