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Walgreens to test diabetes care model

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK Walgreens continues to flesh out its revamped strategy to be the nation’s most convenient and accessible provider of pharmacy and health-and-wellness services.

 

The latest plank in that platform is its plan to test a pharmacy-driven outreach and support program for patients with diabetes.

 

Diabetic-care services and product presentations are nothing new in the nation’s chain and independent drug stores; every pharmacy leader knows that diabetes is a major, (often undiagnosed) health challenge and a “gateway” disease that usually subjects its sufferers to a slew of other related conditions involving the circulatory system, the skin and other organs. It’s also no secret that diabetics generate far more in annual drug store sales to treat these related conditions.

 

What makes Walgreens’ pilot program worthy of notice are two things.

 

 

First, with some 6,800 retail pharmacies, 350 in-store and worksite clinics and a network of specialty pharmacies across the United States, the company wields enormous potential power in the healthcare marketplace. If it expands its fledgling diabetes pilot beyond the test stage, it has thousands of “points of care” through which it could offer diabetes support programs and other disease management offerings. It’s a huge potential resource to offer diabetic patients and their employer-based or government-sponsored health plans, not to mention those patients’ overburdened, time-constrained primary care doctors.

 

 

Second, Walgreens is very deliberately positioning its diabetes care offering as a part of a much broader, integrated healthcare platform that links patients in the program to all the company’s health-and-wellness capabilities, said Walgreens CEO Greg Wasson. And it dovetails neatly with the Obama administration’s call for “more preventive care and better access,” in the words of Walgreens’ top manager.

 

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Home Diagnostics launches TRUEmanager Diabetes Management Software

BY Michael Johnsen

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Home Diagnostics, a leading manufacturer and marketer of diabetes testing supplies, announced the launch of TRUEmanager Diabetes Management Software.

The advanced reporting features and new user-friendly interface of TRUEmanager make it an essential tool for diabetes patients and healthcare professionals seeking long-term disease management.

The software allows patients to easily download blood glucose testing results form their meter directly onto a home computer and then compiles patient demographics into seven easy-to-read reports to show patterns and trends in glucose results.

“TRUEmanager’s advanced software is designed to give patients and healthcare professionals an effective tool for monitoring and sharing the data necessary to achieve proper disease control,” said Joe Capper, president and CEO of Home Diagnostics. “With customizable and more comprehensive reporting, TRUEmanager helps people with diabetes keep track of their blood glucose levels, empowering them to live more comfortably with diabetes.”

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NEW YORK An official companion book to Paramount Pictures’ summer film G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra is sure to get fans’ adrenaline pumping before the movie hits theatres.

Published under license from Paramount Licensing, this paperback sidekick is packed with information on the weapons, gadgets, vehicles and missions featured in the movie with color photos, film stills, schematics and production art.  

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