National pharmacy chain Walgreens and telehealth provider MDLIVE have introduced a new telehealth offering that will give Walgreens website users 24/7 access to U.S. board-certified doctors through its mobile app.

The service is initially available to users in California and Michigan, with plans to roll out to additional states and markets over time.

"Available in both iOS and Android versions of the Walgreens mobile app, the first-of-its-kind platform enables users to consult virtually with MDLIVE physicians for a range of acute conditions," Walgreens executives said. The platform is being viewed by the company as an evolution and expansion of its Pharmacy Chat platform by adding virtual doctor visits to the round-the-clock availability of Walgreens pharmacists.

“We are thrilled to work with Walgreens to offer consumers more choice for convenient, quality and cost-effective care,” said Randy Parker, CEO of MDLIVE. “For the first time, a drugstore’s website and mobile app users can share the convenience of accessing a board-certified doctor who can also e-prescribe medication when appropriate, via a secure, online video platform.”

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