What We’re Reading: Free Diabetes Products and Screenings

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Last month, we told you about Meijer and Publix, two stores that have begun providing free prescription fills and refills of the diabetes drug metformin. This week, we’d like to bring your attention to campaigns by several other retailers to supply free diabetes products and services.

Supermarket Price Chopper has launched a program known as Diabetes AdvantEdge, aimed at providing people better access to diabetes medicine, support, and information. The chain, which has stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont, is offering free prescriptions fills (all strengths; up to 100 pills) of the diabetes drugs metformin, metformin ER, glimepiride, glipizide, glipizide XL, glyburide, and glyburide micro, as well as free lancets and a lancing device to people filling prescriptions for these medicines. Other services provided by Diabetes AdvantEdge include access to a trained nutritionist and coupons for healthful items throughout the store. For more information, see the Price Chopper Web site.

Through June 12 (or while supplies last), nationwide retailer CVS/pharmacy and Bayer Diabetes Care are teaming up to offer free A1C tests to people with diabetes who are at least 18 years old. The test is conducted with a finger prick and results are available within approximately five minutes. To find a participating location near you, head over to the Web site of MinuteClinic, the medical clinic at CVS/pharmacy.

Also at CVS/pharmacy, free “To Your Health” health fairs will be held in Atlanta, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia throughout the year. These events will include health screenings, information about a variety of health conditions, and opportunities to consult with health-care providers. For more information, and to find out when “To Your Health” will be coming to your area, check out the program Web site.

This blog entry was written by Web Editor Diane Fennell.

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