DEERFIELD, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AARP has selected Walgreens (NYSE: WAG)(NASDAQ: WAG) for a three-year contract to deliver retail drugstore program benefits to AARP members, Walgreens and AARP said today in a joint announcement. The relationship between Walgreens and AARP, which began in 2006, will provide AARP members with exclusive offers and rewards, and includes member and community outreach to promote health and wellness.
“AARP is pleased to select Walgreens to provide a retail drugstore program offering unique values on important health and wellness products and services. We are taking our relationship to a new level on behalf of our members representing America’s growing population of people over 50,” said AARP Chief Executive Officer A. Barry Rand. “The AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour proved successful in bringing more than $60 million in free health tests to communities across America during the past three years, and we are looking forward to bringing a new tour, the Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with AARP, to many more Americans, particularly in medically underserved areas of the country.”
“As the nation’s largest community pharmacy with the most 24-hour locations, a growing range of pharmacy, health and wellness services, and constant innovations to deliver cost-effective care, Walgreens is essential to AARP members. We are proud to work with AARP in improving the health and wellness of people over 50, so we are excited to be selected to provide the retail drugstore program that carries the AARP name and to take our relationship into the future,” said Walgreens President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Wasson. “Millions of Americans over 50 choose Walgreens for their health and daily living needs, and we are pleased to provide AARP’s members with extra rewards, offers and services. Look for one of our new buses for the Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with AARP delivering health tests in your community this year.”
Walgreens and AARP have made available since 2006 several initiatives including discounts for AARP members, the AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour, AARP membership card offers, online discounts for health and wellness products, in-store AARP membership drives and “Medicines Made Easy” education. Walgreens has also been an annual platinum sponsor of the Life@50+ AARP National Event & Expo. Walgreens delivers exclusive value to AARP members, and the Walgreens Way to Well Commitment helps deliver on AARP’s social mission to improve the lives of people age 50+ and all Americans in underserved areas across the nation.
The relationship with AARP going forward includes two main components: a retail drugstore program and member/community outreach, summarized below.
Walgreens/AARP Retail Drugstore Program
- AARP membership card offers: AARP members can show their AARP membership cards at Walgreens registers and receive monthly and weekly offers for exclusive values on in-store purchases. Additional benefits will be announced later in 2012.
- AARP online discount: AARP members can shop with an exclusive online discount available at a co-branded microsite – aarp.walgreens.com.
- Pharmacy benefits: Walgreens is developing program services for AARP members focused on the pharmacy experience, including accessing pharmacists by phone, online chat and in-person interactions. Additional benefits could include education and tools to help members manage new prescriptions. These programs will be tested throughout 2012 for potential national rollout. Additionally AARP members will receive special preventive health offers throughout the year.
Walgreens/AARP Member and Community Outreach
- Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with AARP: With a combined goal of screening approximately 100,000 people annually in the country’s medically underserved areas with a high prevalence of chronic disease, this effort includes the Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with AARP and the Walgreens Way to Well Community Health Events with AARP. The tour is comprised of four buses with trained staff delivering six free health tests in underserved communities. The Walgreens Way to Well Community Health Events with AARP also include free health tests delivered by Walgreen pharmacists and are hosted by local Walgreens stores. Both programs provide a free AARP annual membership to all participants.
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) is the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal year 2011 sales of $72 billion. The company operates 7,830 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each day, Walgreens provides nearly 6 million customers the most convenient, multi-channel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.1 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, our bilingual multimedia platform for Hispanic members; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.