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In Maryland, Walgreens offers daily health tests
January 6th, 2014
DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreen Co. is offering daily testing for cholesterol, blood glucose and body composition at more than 60 stores in Maryland.
Each of the daily health tests includes a free blood pressure reading and personal consultation with a Walgreens pharmacist.
“Providing convenient, affordable access to health testing services is an important part of our commitment to disease prevention and chronic care management,” said Jon Reitz, market pharmacy director for Walgreens. “Our pharmacists are spending more time with patients through consultations, immunizations, medication questions or concerns, health testing, and other important services to help our customers get, stay and live well.”
Tests are available to those 18 and over at most stores during pharmacy hours daily with no appointment necessary. Walgreens offers health testing daily at more than 4,100 stores in 41 states.
Blood pressure readings are free with every health test. Cost for testing is $35 for total cholesterol; $20 for blood glucose; $15 for body composition and $65 for a wellness pack (cholesterol, blood glucose and body composition).
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recommends that all adults have their cholesterol levels checked at least every five years. The institute says people over 45 or with other risk factors for heart disease or stroke should talk with their primary care physician about whether more frequent testing is necessary.