Walgreens News

1/2/2015, Walgreen Slapped With Investor Lawsuit


Walgreens operates the largest pharmacy chain in America, with 8,309 locations. Pharmacy sales have accounted for approximately 75 percent of the chain’s total sales for the past three years...



Lawsuit: Walgreens prescription error killed man (2007)

The case is the fourth prescription-error trial involving a fatality since September 2006 for the nation’s largest drugstore chain in sales and profits. Jurors in Illinois, Arizona and Florida have rung up more than $61 million in prescription-error verdicts against Walgreens WAG in the three previous trials…

Like most pharmacies, Walgreens is coping with a market shortage of pharmacists at a time when national prescription volume is increasing. Parts of 42 states were identified as facing a pharmacist shortage in a January employment survey by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

And the number of prescriptions for all retail, long-term care and mail-order pharmacies nationally rose from 3.3 billion in 2002 to 3.7 billion in 2006, according to data from IMS Health, a pharmaceutical and health care consulting company.

In part, the trends have resulted in pharmacies’ increased reliance on technicians, who have less training and lower salaries than pharmacists, to help fill prescriptions…


2/26/2014, Family Says Pharmacy Error Nearly Killed Boy

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