Walgreens Boots Alliance takes a comprehensive approach toward supporting cancer programs, working with organizations that advance research, expand prevention programs and assist people living with cancer. We believe we can have the most impact through long-term commitment. Please read the stories below to learn more about our initiatives in this area.
Specialized cancer training for our pharmacists
People living with cancer have an ever greater need for information about the disease itself and about the wider physical and emotional realities related to it. The pharmacist is often the last healthcare provider to speak with a patient before they initiate their therapy.
With more than 110,000 healthcare providers among our employees, Walgreens Boots Alliance is committed to specialized training for pharmacists so that they better understand cancer, gain confidence in speaking with people affected by cancer and are a resource for patients. We partner with organizations in the U.S., UK and Republic of Ireland to help develop and deliver this training.
Working with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Walgreens and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) partnered in 2016 to address the critical medical need represented by blood cancers, through dedicated patient support services and pharmacist education. As of August 31 2017, 50 Walgreens specialty retail pharmacies had completed LLS training and become certified blood cancer pharmacies.
Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians complete a cancer-focused curriculum and are trained to help patients manage side effects, to provide adherence tips and to share guidance on potential interaction with over-the-counter medications or supplements, what to avoid when taking medication and when to take medication.
Working with Macmillan Cancer Support
Boots UK and Macmillan Cancer Support marked the eighth year of their partnership in fiscal 2017, aimed at helping to ensure that people living with cancer have access to the best cancer information and support in their local community. Through the partnership more than 2,200 Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists (BMIPs) have been trained to offer support to cancer patients and their loved ones. And more than 1,000 Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisors (BMBAs) have been trained to help people manage the visible side effects of cancer treatment.
Working with the Irish Cancer Society
Boots Ireland has partnered with the Irish Cancer Society since 2012 to support people living with cancer through fundraising, volunteering, raising awareness of cancer and helping in early detection.
A key element of the partnership has been training pharmacists and beauty advisors in Boots Ireland stores to provide information and support. More than 140 Boots Irish Cancer Society Information Pharmacists are trained to speak with patients, families and caregivers on a range of issues related to cancer. And more than 100 trained Boots Cancer Beauty Advisors help people living with cancer to both feel and look better.
Advancing research with the EORTC
We are in discussions to renew our long-term partnership with the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) with a goal of raising €5 million ($5.5 million) over a five-year period. Our first partnership with EORTC, beginning in 2011, established the SPECTAcolor biobank for colorectal cancer.
Rosa Fuerte and Fundación Alma
For the fourth consecutive year our Mexican retail pharmacy business Farmacias Benavides held the Rosa Fuerte road race to raise donations in support of Fundación Alma, an organization that supports women who suffer or have suffered breast cancer. Between the race and a campaign for donations in stores, Farmacias Benavides raised close to $70,000 for Fundación Alma during fiscal 2017.
In fiscal 2017 Walgreens supported Stupid Cancer, a nonprofit organization focused on improving health outcomes for the young adult cancer community, by continuing to sponsor its flagship event, CancerCon, an annual gathering for the young adult cancer movement.