“Answers” app gives Walgreens fans convenient access to vault of expert health care information
(Atlanta, GA – March 20, 2011) – Sharecare, an expert question and answer online platform addressing health topics, and Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (NASDAQ: WAG), the nation’s largest drugstore chain, announce the launch of a new “Answers” application providing access to the largest searchable drug, supplement and wellness database on Facebook today. The application, which is integrated into Walgreens Facebook page, gives Walgreens followers convenient access to a first-of-its-kind interactive portal containing valuable health information and resources.
Answers instantly connects Walgreens network of nearly 2 million Facebook fans with Sharecare’s trusted experts, tools and health care resources to help people better manage their health and stay well.
“With the success of our online health initiatives, such as the ability to chat live with a Walgreens pharmacist 24/7, this is yet another example of our commitment to innovation in the digital space that gives people greater access to Walgreens pharmacists and other clinical experts,” said Sona Chawla, Walgreens president of E-commerce. “Our relationship with Sharecare further extends our Answers promise beyond Walgreens retail locations, providing important health care information to customers online, through mobile applications and social media.”
In addition to existing applications on the Walgreens Facebook page offering health advice and cost-saving tips, the Answers section provides seamless integration to Sharecare.com content for Walgreens followers. Answers features information related to a broad range of health topics, including prescription drugs, disease symptoms, at-home remedies, over-the-counter recommendations and much more.
“We are excited to work with Walgreens in developing new ways for consumers to access reliable online health information and tools and specifically establishing the largest drug, supplement and wellness database currently available on Facebook,” said Dawn Whaley, President of Sharecare. “The Answers application enables us to expand access to Sharecare.com and our trusted health experts sharing their expertise on our platform, providing customers, patients and their families even easier and faster access to a variety of their healthcare needs and interests.”
As part of its relationship with Sharecare, Walgreens pharmacists provide answers to thousands of frequently-asked health questions. Sharecare has currently aggregated hundreds of thousands of the most common consumer health questions with answers provided by the nation’s leading health care professionals and organizations in its portal.
To join the Walgreens Facebook page and gain access to Answers through Sharecare, visit: http://www.facebook.com/Walgreens.
Launched in 2010 and based in Atlanta, GA, Sharecare is an interactive, social Q & A platform that allows people to ask, learn and act upon questions of health and wellness. Created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz, in partnership with Harpo Studios, Remark Media (NASDAQ: MARK), Sony Pictures Television, and Discovery Communications, the company’s innovative approach provides the consumer access to a wide array of health and wellness experts ranging from hospitals to doctors, specialists to non-profits, to healthcare companies and active health consumers, creating a thriving community where healthcare knowledge is built, shared and put into practice.
As the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2011 sales of $72 billion, Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) vision is to become America’s first choice for health and daily living. Each day, Walgreens provides nearly 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel 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. The company operates 7,840 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. 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.