WASHINGTON — Walgreen will open its first children’s pharmacy for kids with epilepsy in the coming months, the company announced Thursday.
Walgreens will be the first pharmacy to open in North America and the first in the U.S. to offer services for children’s epilepsy.
The children’s care team at the company will work closely with physicians and other healthcare professionals to ensure that the services offered are appropriate for their children, according to a statement from Walgrees CEO David Cohen.
The company will also launch an online education platform for families and caregivers to help them understand their child’s epilepsy, Cohen said.
“It’s an exciting time to be a part of this journey for kids, and we are confident we can make a positive difference in their lives,” Cohen said in the statement.
About 20 children in the United States have received the medication Epidiolex, which has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat children with seizures.
While many of the children receive treatment at home, they still need to be monitored closely by their doctors.
They are required to take a drug called Valium to control their seizures and can’t drive, be on a bus or ride in a car.
The Epidroid is approved for children up to age 18, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.