On Tuesday, Walgreens heralded the availability of a new API that enables third-party mobile app developers to integrate the drugstore chain’s prescription refill technology.
When it comes to Walgreens, however, news of the company’s commitment to mobile and forward-thinking technologies is no surprise.
In March 2011, Walgreens announced plans to acquire online pharmacy retailer Drugstore.com for $409 million. By the end of June, the acquisition was finalized. The transaction brought into the Walgreens family all websites owned and operated by Drugstore.com, not to mention its corporate offices and other facilities involved in product distribution and customer service.
With its corporate eye trained squarely on the promise of online and mobile technologies, Walgreens says its new AP strengthens that focus for the good of consumers everywhere. Developers who have scanning functionality within their apps, for example, can easily integrate the API to enable their users to order a prescription refill by scanning the barcode on a Walgreens prescription bottle.
“People continue to become increasingly engaged with their mobile devices and use the technology to help make their day-to-day lives easier,” says Abhi Dhar, Walgreens e-commerce chief technology officer. “By incorporating the Walgreens Prescription API, mobile app developers are providing users with an easy way to refill prescriptions and help them properly take their medication.”
Information about the API can be found on the Walgreens Developer Portal.