The pharmacy cooperative, with more than 600 stores across Canada, announced that Pharmasave pharmacists can serve as trusted advisers to help people living with diabetes better manage their condition and others understand their personal risk for diabetes or prediabetes.
Pharmasave pharmacists are trained in diabetes management and can provide personalized care and counseling on a walk-in basis or appointment, the pharmacy retailer noted.
For example, the company said, pharmacists can support those with prediabetes or diabetes by informing them about healthier lifestyle choices, such as diet and exercise, as well as about blood glucose targets, self-monitoring and diabetes foot care.
Also available are tools and resources to help people adhere their medications to improve their health, including medication management, medication review and medication synchronization with MedAlign@Pharmasave, Pharmasave said. Pharmacists, too, chain train insulin-dependent patient in effective injection technique and check that patients’ are up to date on immunizations, including pneumonia, shingles and flu vaccines.
“Whether a person is newly diagnosed or has lived with diabetes for a while, Pharmasave pharmacists can help them improve their quality of life and increase positive health outcomes by helping them to manage their diabetes effectively,” Allison Nourse, national director of pharmacy innovation at Pharmasave, said in a statement..
Pharmasave also offers Canadians the two-minute CANRISK diabetes risk questionnaire at Pharmasave.com.
According to research cited by Pharmasave, about 3.4 million Canadians have diabetes, and of those 10% were born with it. Another 6 million Canadians have prediabetes. However, many are unaware they have it, and without treatment one in two of them will develop diabetes.