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Medicine Shoppe opens 100th in-store diabetes center

BY Drew Buono

ST. LOUIS Medicine Shoppe International recently celebrated its 100th store operating a Specialized Care Center for diabetic patients. The centers offer education and counsel from pharmacists, who receive certification as diabetes managers, as well as products specifically for people with diabetes.

“There currently are nearly 15 million diagnosed cases of diabetes in the U.S., plus an estimated six million undiagnosed cases,” said Keith Cook, vice president of pharmacy solutions for MSI. “As this population grows, so too does the opportunity and challenge of helping customers with diabetes. People with diabetes need pharmacies where healthcare professionals can dedicate enough time to provide thorough education on proper diabetes management. It is our goal to be a destination for these individuals.”

In order for pharmacists to qualify as diabetes manager, they must pass an intensive certification program entitled “Pharmaceutical Care for Patients with Diabetes,” a program developed by the American Pharmacists Association and the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

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Rite Aid helps fund mobile cancer clinic

BY DSN STAFF

CAMP HILL, Pa. The Rite Aid Foundation, a private foundation managed by Rite Aid Corp., has given a $20,000 grant toward the mobile health initiative of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, one of the leading comprehensive cancer care and research centers in the U.S. and a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

Through the use of two state-of-the-art education and screening vans, Dana-Farber takes its world class expertise in cancer screening and education “on the road” to deliver critical health and wellness services in the community where people live and work. Since 2002, Dana-Farber has offered mobile mammography service in Massachusetts, and has added a second van to offer prostate cancer screening, and skin cancer screening, in addition to education around sun safety, nutrition, tobacco cessation, human papillomavirus, and gynecologic cancers.

“This is the Rite Aid Foundation’s first grant in the Boston area. Being caring neighbors who are involved in our communities in meaningful ways is one of Rite Aid’s core values,” said Gayle Rife, manager of the Rite Aid Foundation. “We are pleased to be able to help Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in its important work to provide quality cancer screening and education.”

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Take Care launches recruitment program for nurse practitioners

BY Antoinette Alexander

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, has kicked off a recruitment program that includes a recruitment video aimed at educating nurse practitioners on the convenient care model and showcasing what sets Take Care apart.

This week and next week, nursing organizations and leaders across the country, including top Deans at nursing schools, will receive the DVD with a note from Take Care Health. It can also be viewed by visiting www.takecarehealth.com/npvideo.

The seven-minute video features comments from Peter Miller, co-founder, president, and chief executive officer of Take Care; Hal Rosenbluth, co-founder of Take Care and corporate vice president of Walgreens; and Sandy Ryan, chief nurse practitioner officer.

The video also features three Take Care nurse practitioners who discuss their belief in the Take Care and convenient care model, and their support of the company’s mission.

Take Care currently manages more than 145 Take Care clinics and plans to have more than 400 clinics at Walgreens stores by the end of 2008.

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