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Our unique retail offering: Specialty medications.
Managing complex medical conditions such as hepatitis C, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and others requires costly specialty medicines. The trend for these medications will increasingly require more complex patient management to maintain cost control. And Walgreens is on the forefront of creating personalized solutions that work for your members and your business.
Greater value with our specialty medications.
Non-adherence is a critical issue for serious and/or symptomatic illnesses. Research shows that Walgreens delivers higher Medication Possession Ratio (MPR) for specialty pharmacy patients managed at retail on a national average:
  • - Rheumatoid arthritis: 94% vs. 63%1
  • - Multiple sclerosis: 92% vs. 50%2

In addition, we offer:
  • Analytics that link patient outcomes to payer processes and provider decisions.
  • Early intervention to maintain and/or improve adherence.
Assistance from dedicated teams.
Walgreens pharmacists and patient care coordinators assist your members in a variety of ways. Services include:
  • Verifying insurance benefits and handle paperwork.
  • Offering one-on-one support to patients, including refill and new prescriptions.
  • Providing ongoing clinical management and adherence counseling.
  • Working with central fulfillment to dispense and manage patients receiving limited-distribution drugs.
Access is your advantage.
Walgreens offers broad multichannel access to specialty medications through our 5 central fill pharmacies and our community-based pharmacies. Our progressive model gives you the flexibility to manage member care in the most cost-effective and appropriate ways.

For more information about specialty medicines, contact a Walgreens Solutions Expert.



1 Belcon MC, Haynes RB, Tugwell P. A critical review of compliance studies in rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Rheum. 1984;27(11):1227-1233.
2 Treadaway K, Cutter G, Salter A, et al. Factors that influence adherence with disease-modifying therapy in MS. J Neurol. 2009;256(4):568-576. [p/u from SP12438 SP Slide deck/slide 8]
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