Many implications of the Affordable Care Act are permeating into drugstores across the country. Walgreen CEO Greg Wasson is rethinking, reimagining, and redesigning nearly 8,300 Walgreens and Duane Reade stores in the United States alone.
CNN Money sat down with Wasson to discuss the ACA’s effect on his retail strategy, and what the role of the pharmacy will be in the years to come.
From the article:
There’s an opportunity for the corner drugstore to play a much greater role. Pharmacists have been extremely well respected — they’re one of the top two or three most-trusted professionals in opinion polls year after year. There’s an opportunity for the pharmacist to play a much greater role in health care, especially with what we have going on in this country with the shortage of primary-care physicians. Plus, we can also involve the front of our store, being the first source for health and daily living, continuing to make sure we’re relevant in today’s society.
A good example would be flu shots. Five years ago or so, a pharmacist was not certified to give immunizations and vaccinations. In Denver one of our pharmacy supervisors decided to get his pharmacists certified to do that. And we found quickly that the public values and trusts the pharmacist to do more than just dispense their medications, so we can do immunizations and vaccinations, health screenings, cholesterol testing, blood pressure — everything that’s focused on wellness. Today we’re No. 2 to the U.S. government in the number of immunizations and vaccinations we administer.
Now just about every other community pharmacy has since certified their pharmacists. The industry has stepped forward. And today people absolutely believe that the community pharmacy is the place to go for immunizations and vaccinations.