Pharmacy Services Program Manager, HIV/AIDS & Hepatitis | Walgreens | IL
Glen Pietrandoni, RPh, AAHIVP, is the Director, Specialty Products and Services: Virology, for the Walgreen Company. Glen is a life-long resident of the Chicago area, where he been an active member of the HIV/AIDS community. After graduating from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Glen became the owner of multiple independent pharmacies in Chicago and its suburbs for 10 years. He began his career with Walgreens in 1990, around the time of the approval of the first HIV/AIDS drugs. At that time, he began working with the LGBT community, dispensing much-needed emotional support as well as medication during a time when people did not survive as long with HIV/AIDS as they do today.
From 1996 to 2003, he managed the Walgreens pharmacy at the Howard Brown Health Center which specializes in HIV/AIDS—the first Walgreens pharmacy of its kind, located in an LGBT community center. Today, Walgreens has more than 200 locations within health centers, over 100 of them focus on HIV/AIDS and over 700 HIV specialized pharmacies in highly impacted communities across the country. Now almost a 25-year veteran with Walgreens, Glen is responsible for HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis products and services globally. Some of his key accomplishments include implementing patient support programs across multiple channels and providing pharmacist HIV/AIDS education.
As part of his ongoing commitment to supporting patients with HIV/AIDS, Glen earned his American Academy of HIV Medicine Expert designation in 2008. He plays an active role in gay community initiatives, co-chairing gala committees for HBHC and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, as well as currently serving on the boards of directors’ two national HIV/AIDS organizations based in Washington, D.C. (AIDS United and ADAP Advocacy Association). Glen has also co-chaired WPRIDE, the Walgreens LGBT affinity group. He is the recipient of the following awards: 2002 Volunteer of the Year, Test Positive Aware Network, 1999 Drug Topics Magazine Pharmacist of the Year-Overall Performance and 1998 Drug Topics Magazine Pharmacist of the Year-Community Service. In 2012, Elton John referenced the Walgreens commitment to contributing to the end of AIDS in his book “Love is the Cure” citing their commitment to the cause and the difference being made at the local level by America’s largest drugstore company. Glen’s programs and the thousands of Walgreens employees have positioned Walgreens as a leader in HIV care, recognized by government agencies, medical providers and most importantly, by HIV consumers.
“Being on the Board of Trustees of AIDS United allows me to connect to programmatic work being done across the country on the front lines of health care. From my position as a pharmacist, most of my experience is helping people that are already in care, has a health care provider and support, as well as coverage for medication. Often, many people living with HIV do not have these luxuries. As a member of the Board of Trustees of AIDS United, I can keep my perspective of how much work still needs to be done and how many people still need help.”