Walgreens Boots Alliance

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Walgreens Boots Alliance is the global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail with over 13,200 stores in 11 countries. The company includes the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution network with over 350 distribution centers delivering to more than 200,000 pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in 19 countries.Walgreens Boots Alliance provides an opportunity to accelerate the development of a fully integrated, global platform for the future to provide innovative ways to address health and wellness challenges. Our Company is well positioned to expand customer offerings in existing markets and become the health and wellbeing partner of choice in emerging markets.

Community Pharmacy is ideally placed to support the antimicrobial resistance agenda, and the use of point-of-care diagnostics can help to identify where antimicrobials are required, as well as to assess the appropriateness of the diagnosis and treatment. One example of this is a sore throat test and treat service to help people understand their symptoms, and self treat simple sore throats using over the counter medicines, or supply antibiotics as appropriate. Our initial data indicates that the majority of patients are being screened at the early stages, and only being offered testing (and subsequently antibiotics) where appropriate. For the vast majority of patients, they are being managed with advice and products for symptomatic relief, if necessary.

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