Walgreens Receives URAC Accreditation for its Specialty Pharmacy Locations

Walgreens was previously granted Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation by URAC for select locations in 2018.

Walgreens has earned the first enterprise-wide URAC accreditation in Specialty Pharmacy for its more than 300 Walgreens community-based specialty pharmacies in the US and Puerto Rico.

Walgreens was previously granted Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation by URAC for select locations, in 2018.1

According to the company website, URAC is an independent, nonprofit accreditation entity, based in Washington DC, whose mission is to advance health care quality through leadership, accreditation, measurement, and innovation.2

URAC’s Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation helps specialty pharmacies position themselves and demonstrate their value in delivering specialized clinical services. URAC-accredited specialty pharmacy provides therapy-specific patient management services, promotes safety and accuracy in dispensing practices, and provides 24/7 patient and prescriber support, among other services.2

“Securing this accreditation from URAC reinforces Walgreens industry-leading specialty pharmacy care among patients, payors, prescribers and health plans. We recognize that patients with life-changing and serious health challenges often need high-touch support from their pharmacy team. Our unique model of specialty pharmacy care embedded locally within our patients’ communities is critical to providing individualized support to patients with help accessing their medications, understanding their treatment and remaining adherent,” said Rina Shah, PharmD, group vice president of specialty and retail pharmacy, Walgreens, in a prepared statement.1

According to the press release, Walgreens has more community-based specialty pharmacies across the United States than any other retail pharmacy. These pharmacies are often located near medical office buildings or health systems, and offer patients access to specialty medications faster than industry average. They also have services such as training coordination, medication side-effect management, and financial assistance coordination for medications.1

Walgreens earned the URAC accreditation for all its community-based specialty pharmacies through a rigorous process involving the review of patient management standards, policies and procedures and randomly selected site audits by URAC. Walgreens pharmacists located in community-based specialty pharmacies receive enhanced training based on the needs of the local population and specialize in complex disease states, in addition to adhering to URAC standards.1

REFERENCES

  • Walgreens Earns First Enterprise-Wide URAC Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation for More than 300 Community-Based Specialty Pharmacies [press release]. Walgreens website. Published January 6, 2020. https://news.walgreens.com/press-releases/walgreens-earns-first-enterprise-wide-urac-specialty-pharmacy-accreditation-for-more-than-300-community-based-specialty-pharmacies.htm. Accessed January 6, 2020.
  • Pharmacy Quality Management Programs: Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation. URAC website. https://www.urac.org/programs/specialty-pharmacy-accreditation. Accessed January 6, 2020.