The pharmacy chain is collaborating with primary care provider VillageMD to test out store-adjacent clinics in the Houston area, competing directly with CVS' efforts in the same city

Urgent care centers and clinics are increasingly providing more options for patients to seek treatment. Pharmacy chain Walgreens is looking to take a share of the market and expand its in-store services for customers through its collaboration with primary care provider VillageMD.

To start, VillageMD will operate state-of-the-art primary care clinics next to five Walgreens stores in the Houston area as a pilot. Each clinic will host numerous services, and will be open by the end of 2019. If the clinics prove successful, Walgreens may stage a national rollout.

“This collaboration with VillageMD demonstrates our ongoing commitment to create neighborhood health destinations that bring affordable health care services to customers and provide a differentiated patient experience to the communities we serve,” Pat Carroll, M.D., Walgreens chief medical officer and group vice president, healthcare services and clinical programs, said in a statement. The move directly challenges competitor CVS, which is testing out its own clinic collaboration system with HealthHUB in the Houston area as well.

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Urgent care centers and clinics are increasingly providing more options for patients to seek treatment. Pharmacy chain Walgreens is looking to take a share of the market and expand its in-store services for customers through its collaboration with primary care provider VillageMD.

To start, VillageMD will operate state-of-the-art primary care clinics next to five Walgreens stores in the Houston area as a pilot. Each clinic will host numerous services, and will be open by the end of 2019. If the clinics prove successful, Walgreens may stage a national rollout.