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WAG hosts diabetes clinics with free in-store testing

BY Allison Cerra

DEERFIELD, Ill. —Walgreens hosted its first-ever diabetes wellness events at more than 1,500 stores nationwide in November. The events, held in recognition of American Diabetes Month, took place from Nov. 9 to 13, and Nov. 16 to 20. Each location offered a six-hour walk-in clinic with free blood glucose testing, or, for individuals diagnosed with diabetes, free A1C testing. Walgreens also provided free pharmacist consultations.

The events, sponsored in part by Novo Nordisk and Bayer HealthCare Diabetes Care, also featured U.S. Wellness Inc., a provider of health education and screening services on hand to support Walgreens staff during testing operations.

Walgreens also announced it would donate $1 to the American Diabetes Association for every test performed at its Diabetes Wellness Events, up to $100,000.

“We’re proud to offer diabetes testing and information at no cost through these events, furthering Walgreens’ commitment to providing quality, accessible health care to thousands of communities nationwide,” said Kermit Crawford, Walgreens SVP pharmacy. “Our clinics will build on the greater awareness around diabetes this month, and we’ll continue to work year-round to give people the tools and information to fight this serious disease.”

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Hy-Vee names new president

BY Alaric DeArment

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa A 28-year employee of Hy-Vee has become its new president, according to published reports.

The company appointed Randall Edeker as president of the supermarket chain Thursday at the company’s annual meeting, succeeding Ric Jurgens, who had served as president since 2001 and will maintain his position as chairman and CEO.

Edeker had previously served as EVP and COO.

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Tricare expands vaccination coverage to pharmacies, clinics

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK Convenience and value. That’s what community pharmacy and their retail clinic partners deliver to their patients. And that’s what the Department of Defense is counting on in covering immunizations at local pharmacies and identifying convenient care clinics as network providers — two separate pieces of news issued within the past month that really underscore the importance of pharmacies and retail clinics in the delivery of health care today.

Prior to these announcements, military personnel interested in getting their flu shots had to schedule an appointment with their doctor, as Tricare only covered the cost of shots delivered in a doctor’s office.

“As a convenient and accessible healthcare provider, pharmacy is uniquely positioned to offer services for patients, such as vaccinations,” stated Steve Anderson, president and CEO for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Anderson noted that as of earlier this year, pharmacists have the ability to immunize patients in all 50 states. “[This] presents an important opportunity for pharmacists to counsel patients during their visit, and an additional healthcare provider from which to obtain these vaccinations.”

It’s also quite a bit of opportunity for pharmacy — Tricare provides healthcare coverage for 9.5 million eligible beneficiaries. Those beneficiaries pick up almost 2.3 million prescriptions every week, and 1.2 million of those at retail pharmacies, according to Tricare .

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