DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Walgreen Co. is changing the name on its in-store clinics to reflect a push by the nation’s largest drugstore chain for its stores to become known as more than just a place to pick up prescriptions.
The Deerfield, Ill., company said Monday its Take Care Clinic will be renamed Healthcare Clinic. The in-store clinics will still offer the same services.
Clinics in drugstores and grocery stores have grown popular in recent years as a convenient and less expensive way to treat relatively minor illnesses when a patient doesn’t have a doctor or if their physician isn’t available.
These clinics, which are run by nurse practitioners or physician assistants, started off several years ago treating cases of the flu, sinus infections or sprained ankles. But most of Walgreen’s roughly 370 clinics also are expanding the scope of what they handle.