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Walgreens’ customers contribute $20 million toward ‘Red Nose Day’

BY Michael Johnsen

 
DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreens earlier this week gave a shout out to all of its customers who helped raise $20 million as part of the company's annual Red Nose Day event, which raises funds in support of ending childhood poverty. 
 
The event itself, which culminated in a comedy-driven two-hour telethon on NBC late last month, raised more than $31.5 million.
 
The money benefits the Red Nose Day Fund, which supports charities with domestic and international reach aimed at fighting childhood poverty, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity:water; Children’s Health Fund; Covenant House; Feeding America; Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance; National Council of La Raza; National Urban League; Oxfam America; Save the Children; and The Global Fund.
 
Following are some of DSN's favorite clips from the Red Nose Day NBC broadcast:  
 
 
 
 
 
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CVS Pharmacy opens for business within Washington Target locations

BY Michael Johnsen
WOONSOCKET, R.I. – CVS Health on Tuesday announced that the first CVS Pharmacy locations in Target stores are now open in Washington. 
 
"We're excited to introduce our integrated pharmacy services and health care expertise to Target guests in Washington," stated Hanley Wheeler, SVP retail field operations, for CVS Pharmacy. "Our pharmacy care and clinic offerings, along with our innovative digital tools, will offer consumers expanded wellness options and increased access to care. We look forward to welcoming Target guests as our pharmacy patients."   
 
In addition to the CVS Pharmacy locations in Target, CVS Pharmacy currently operates seven free-standing stores in Washington. With the addition of the 30 rebranded CVS Pharmacy in Target locations, the company is expanding its reach in the state and is introducing Target guests to its suite of pharmacy care services.
 
The CVS Pharmacy in Target locations in Washington will soon offer the complete suite of services available at traditional CVS Pharmacy stores. Maintenance Choice, a program that lets CVS Caremark plan members choose to fill 90-day supplies of medications for chronic conditions either through mail service or at any CVS Pharmacy location, is now available in all pharmacies in Target.  Pharmacy Advisor, a program in which CVS Caremark plan members diagnosed with chronic conditions receive face-to-face counseling when they choose to fill prescriptions at CVS Pharmacy or by phone when they choose mail service pharmacy, will be available by the end of 2016. Specialty Connect, a feature of CVS Specialty which gives patients the option to pick up their specialty prescriptions at any CVS Pharmacy, will be available to patients as Target pharmacies convert to CVS Pharmacy.
 
"As we roll out the new CVS Pharmacy in Target stores, we are working closely with patients to make their transition to our services and programs as simple and seamless as possible," Wheeler said.  
 
CVS Pharmacy is committed to giving back to the communities where its colleagues live and work, and the company has extended that commitment to Washington with a $50,000 donation to Seattle Children's Hospital.  The funding will be used to support the hospital's work to help the state's children on their path to better health and to increase access to vital pediatric health care services.
 
"Seattle Children's has a long history of working with communities to help create safer and healthier places to live," said Peter Drury, director, corporate and foundation relations, for Seattle Children's Hospital. "We're looking forward to launching a new strategic plan that continues to prioritize increasing access to quality health care for all children and teens. The community and donors like CVS Pharmacy are vital partners to ensuring we can care for every child who needs us. We are grateful for this generous donation that makes our work possible."
 
In December 2015, CVS Health acquired all Target pharmacies and retail clinics across 47 states. In addition, a CVS Pharmacy will be included in all new Target stores that offer pharmacy services and Target clinic locations will be rebranded as MinuteClinic over the next few months. The acquisition expands CVS Health's pharmacy footprint by approximately 20% and its clinic footprint by about 8% . 
 
CVS Health now has a presence in every state.
 
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