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Short White coat

Chronic care at Walgreens? Why not.

Adapted from the Short White Coat blog on Boston.com

Walgreens, the country’s largest drugstore chain, announced last week that its 330-plus Take Care Clinics will be the first retail store clinics to both diagnose and manage chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. The Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants who staff these clinics will provide an entry point into treatment for some of these conditions, setting Walgreens apart from competitors like Target and CVS, whose staff help manage already-established chronic illnesses or are limited to testing for and treating minor, short-lived ailments like strep throat.

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