September 23, 2019

Around the nation: Walgreens will pilot program using drones to deliver over-the-counter meds

Daily Briefing

    Through a partnership with Alphabet's drone delivery service, Walgreens will deliver food, beverages, and over-the-counter medications to consumers, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, and Virginia.

    • Illinois/Virginia: Walgreens is working with Alphabet's drone delivery service Wing to pilot a new program to deliver food, beverages, and over-the-counter medications to consumers, the companies announced Thursday. The pilot program, which is scheduled to begin next month in Christiansburg, Virginia, will not deliver prescription medications (Wu, CNBC, 9/19).

    • Iowa: The University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital is set to receive a more than $90,000 donation raised by Carson King. King recently attended a University of Iowa football game and, in an effort to crowdfund a case of beer, brought along a sign that said, "Busch Light Supply Needs Replenished," with his Venmo handle. King's sign made it on ESPN and he raised $400 in the first 30 minutes. As of Thursday, game viewers had donated $90,000, and by Saturday, the amount was up to $270,000. Venmo and Anheuser-Busch said they will match King's hospital donation. King plans to keep about $15 for a case of beer (Rappleye, Becker's Hospital Review, 9/19; Brice-Saddler/Bogage, Washington Post, 9/21).

    • Massachusetts: Renowned biologist Ruth Lehmann will be the new head of the Whitehead Institute in Cambridge. Lehmann, who is an expert on the cells that create sperm and eggs, will be the second woman to lead the institute. Lehmann previously served as the head of the cell biology department at New York University (Saltzman, Boston Globe, 9/19).
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