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CVS to hold seminars, provide information on diabetes

BY Allison Cerra

WOONSOCKET, R.I. To help raise awareness about diabetes, CVS/pharmacy will be educating and counseling diabetes patients on topics related to the disease, the company announced Monday.

The educational seminars will cover an array of topics, including identifying symptoms and monitoring sugar levels, and will even discuss managing medications and avoiding medication interactions and potential side effects.

In partnership with the American Diabetes Association, CVS/pharmacy has produced diabetes informational materials available in pharmacies across the country, providing information on the disease such as symptoms, treatment, glucose meter testing and more.

Diabetes is a condition in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is responsible for converting sugar and starches into energy. Diabetes is typically treated by insulin injections to help simulate natural insulin cycles. At any time, diabetes sufferers can be taking 5 or 6 medications to treat their condition and side effects of the therapy.

Nearly 21 million adults and children suffer from diabetes, and an estimated 6.2 million are unaware they have the disease, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

“Our pharmacists play an active role in helping patients manage medications for chronic diseases, such as diabetes, that can require constant monitoring,” said Papatya Tankut, vice president of pharmacy professional services at CVS/pharmacy. “It’s important that patients take the time to talk with their pharmacists, let them know about over the counter medicines and other prescriptions they are taking, or advise them on any side effects they may be experiencing. Pharmacists can provide counsel on medication compliance, side effects and potential interactions for patients who can in turn work toward a treatment plan with their doctor.”

In addition, through Diabetes Awareness Month, 1,500 select CVS/pharmacy stores throughout the country will offer support for patients with diabetes through Meter Day events, which will take place in stores nationwide.

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NACDS ranked a top place to work

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. A bi-weekly newsletter has named the National Association of Chain Drug Stores as one of the “Top Places to Work in Associations and Nonprofits.”

CEO Update, a publication that focused on jobs, news and people in the association and nonprofit world, conducted a recent survey “for nonprofit groups and associations across the country to rate their benefits, culture and work environment.” The publication concluded that NACDS had multiple benefits, including the company’s paid leave policy and tuition benefits.

“Particularly in Washington, D.C., where many associations are headquartered, the nonprofit industry competes with the government and the private sector for talent,” the Oct. 26 issue said of NACDS. “And in a tight labor market, with less than 3 percent unemployment in the nation’s capital, recruitment becomes a race for how to snag the best candidates, with a combination of adequate pay and great benefits.”

NACDS president and chief executive officer, Steve Anderson, said that under the leadership of its vice president of human resources and administration, NACDS is “committed to fostering a positive and family-friendly work environment that enables us to attract and retain top talent.”

“With the thousands of associations and not-for-profit organizations across the country, I hope our members feel great pride about this recognition,” Anderson said Thursday. “Through our superb staff, we are able to provide outstanding member services and advocacy for our industry.”

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Walgreens says “Aloha” to Hawaii

BY Allison Cerra

HONOLULU Walgreens opened its first Hawaii store on Thursday with a traditional Hawaiian blessing.

The new store, a former Tower Records site, is the first of four Hawaii stores Walgreens plans to open in the next year. The nation’s largest drug store chain plans eventually to open as many as 30 stores in Hawaii.

The chain intends to place stores in Kalihi and Kaneohe on Oahu, and in Lahaina on Maui.

The 9,000-square-foot store, which will be open 24 hours a day, is smaller than typical Walgreens stores. The other stores planned on Oahu and Maui will be new constructions.

“More than 100 years ago our founder, Charles Walgreen Sr., would remind his customers, ‘You’re always welcome at Walgreens,’” Dana Psomas, Walgreens district manager for Hawaii, said in a statement. “Today, as we open our doors in Hawaii for the first time, we’re adapting that saying to, ‘E komo mai.’”

Clark Fujihara, Walgreen’s district pharmacy supervisor for Hawaii, emphasized the importance of having Walgreens present in the state, citing the ever-increasing demand for pharmacy services, and stated that services that are not currently offered in the state will be, such as drive-through pharmacies.

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