26 October 2009

Alliance Boots is pleased to report that Boots UK, its UK pharmacy-led health and beauty retail business, has launched www.Boots.WebMD.com, a world-class online health portal for UK consumers created in partnership with US-based WebMD, the world’s largest and most experienced brand of online health information. This groundbreaking online initiative aims to provide the most objective, trustworthy and engaging health information on the internet, offering both an advisory and transactional role for UK consumers.

The creation of www.Boots.WebMD.com is a collaboration which uses the expertise of the National Health Service from NHS Choices, the digital content of the British Medical Journal (BMJ Best Treatments), the support of our charitable partners, the world’s leading online health information site WebMD and Boots, the UK’s most trusted high street brand.

Alex Gourlay, Chief Executive, Health & Beauty Division, Alliance Boots, says, “This is a very powerful and exciting partnership. Combining the expertise of the NHS, BMJ and our charitable partners with the expertise of WebMD and the trusted heritage of Boots UK empowers our customers to take control of their own health and wellbeing and places Boots UK on a platform that will allow us to provide accessible healthcare for all with an unrivalled reach.”

ENDS

Editor's Notes:

Alliance Boots is a leading international pharmacy-led health and beauty group offering a wide range of products and services to our customers working in close partnership with manufacturers and pharmacists. Our two core business activities are pharmacy-led health and beauty retailing and pharmaceutical wholesaling. Alliance Boots is privately-owned and employs over 115,000* people. Its wholesale and distribution network serves over 140,000* pharmacies, doctors, health centres and hospitals from over 370* pharmaceutical wholesale distribution centres in 16* countries. We operate more than 3,200* health and beauty retail stores in nine* countries, of which just under 3,000* have a pharmacy.
* Figures stated are as at 31 March 2009, are approximate and include associates and joint ventures.

For further information, please contact:

Yves Romestan / Zoe Farthing Alliance Boots
Tel: +44 (0) 1932 871569

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