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Sam's Club to provide allergy screenings
March 10th, 2011
BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Continuing to enhance its pharmacy services, Sam's Club this weekend plans to offer free allergy health screenings in select locations nationwide.
The Walmart warehouse club chain said Thursday that on March 12 select stores will provide the allergy checkups from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Participating members will be tested for house and dust mites, cat, timothy grass, Bermuda grass, Mountain Cedar, short ragweed, Alternaria (mold), milk, egg white and wheat.
The value of the tests is $500, according to Sam's Club, and all participants will receive a personalized plan, called MyAllergyPlan, that will provide educational information on the offending allergens and consumer care organizations that relate to specific allergies.
"At Sam's Club, we are proud to offer our members the opportunity to take control of their health with free monthly health screenings and great quality products at amazing prices," Jill Turner-Mitchael, senior vice president of health and wellness at Sam's Club, said in a statement. "This month, we hope all our members will take advantage of the chance to get tested for allergies."
The wholesale club retailer noted that its pharmacy aisles carry a broad range of products to help treat allergy symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, and itchy nose or throat — including Allegra, which is now available without a prescription on pharmacy shelves. Pharmacists are also available to help members with all their health and wellness questions, the company said.
Other free monthly health screenings slated to be available during the year at Sam's Club, which has about 500 pharmacies, include checks for diabetes, digestive health, children's health, summer wellness and sun care, men's health, vision and women's health.
In recent months, Sam's Club has been augmenting its array of pharmacy and health care services. For example, last month the retailer offered free heart health checkups through its pharmacies nationwide, and in January it announced that it will offer members The Prevention Plan, a health management service from U.S. Preventive Medicine, for $99.
Also, last fall the chain launched Making Sense of Your Medications, an awareness campaign urging patients to review their medications with a Sam's Club pharmacist. And over the summer the retailer introduced a pharmacy satisfaction program and launched its Ready Reminders prescription pickup alert service.
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