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March 4, 2011


The Care Continuum Alliance
Carl Graziano, (202) 737-5781

Tiffani Washington, (847) 315-2925

Walgreens Becomes Newest Member of Care Continuum Alliance

WASHINGTON and DEERFIELD, Ill. - The Care Continuum Alliance today announced its newest member: Walgreens (NYSE: WAG)(NASDAQ: WAG), the nation's largest drugstore chain and a health and wellness leader.

"Walgreens is a welcome new member and ideal fit for our organization," Care Continuum Alliance President and CEO Tracey Moorhead said. "Their work to promote healthful lifestyles and empower consumers to reduce risk aligns with our mission to improve care quality and value, particularly for people with or at risk of chronic disease."

The Care Continuum Alliance, an international trade association, represents more than 200 organizations and individuals providing services across the continuum of care - from wellness and prevention to chronic condition management and complex care management. Through advocacy, research and education, the Care Continuum Alliance promotes evidence-based strategies to improve health care outcomes and reduce avoidable care costs.

"Our mission every day is to provide customers and patients support to help them live a 'well' life," said Walgreens Chief Medical Officer Cheryl Pegus. "With more than 8,500 points of care, including Walgreens drugstores within three miles of 63 percent of the U.S. population, we are uniquely positioned to serve as a true community health care resource. Together our pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, home care nurses and other health care professionals provide guidance and solutions to improve disease prevention, adherence to medications and chronic disease management for tens of millions of patients each year."

The Care Continuum Alliance has focused considerable effort in recent years on improving employee health and productivity, particularly through research on outcomes measurement. Its Outcomes Guidelines project has produced consensus clinical and financial measures for wellness and population health management programs, as well as guidance on other key outcomes, such as medication adherence. The Care Continuum Alliance also has advocated successfully for greater support of wellness and prevention in federal programs and in the private market.

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About the Care Continuum Alliance
The Care Continuum Alliance aligns all stakeholders in the continuum of care toward improving population health. Through advocacy, research and education, the Care Continuum Alliance advances population-based strategies to improve care quality and outcomes and reduce preventable costs for the well and those with and at risk of chronic conditions. The Care Continuum Alliance represents more than 200 organizations and individuals, including wellness and prevention providers; population health management organizations; pharmaceutical manufacturers; pharmacies and pharmacy benefits managers; HIT innovators; employers; physicians, nurses and other health care professionals; and researchers and academics. Learn more at www.carecontinuum.org.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) is the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2010 sales of $67 billion. The company operates 7,670 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each day, Walgreens provides nearly 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with pharmacy benefit solutions and respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.

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