SCHENECTADY — Price Chopper Supermarkets announced Monday it has launched an integrated diabetes management program — Diabetes AdvantEdge — which will give diabetes patients more access to medication, increased support and information as well as educational opportunities on nutrition, healthy food choices and diabetes management.
The cornerstone of the Diabetes AdvantEdge program is its provision of free diabetes medications, such as metformin, glipizide and glyburide, which are those most commonly prescribed to patients managing diabetes. Patients filling these prescriptions will also receive free lancets and lancing devices to assist with the monitoring of their blood sugar.
The retailer said that pharmacists, in their one-on-one consultations, will take a more active role encouraging and educating patients on the use of blood sugar recording logs as tools to enhance the communication of progress with their physicians.
In addition, Price Chopper’s Diabetes AdvantEdge offers the following:
• Auto-enrollment in the Refill AdvantEdge program. The Refill AdvantEdge program helps patients remain compliant in taking their medications without interruption, an essential element in managing diabetes. Once the patient enrolls, medications will be automatically refilled and available at the pharmacy for pick-up each month.
• Access to diabetes-friendly recipes from Eating Well magazine and a diabetes health center online.
• Access to a trained nutritionist available for questions about eating and recipes. Customers can “Ask the Nutritionist” any questions they might have by making a phone call to a toll-free line. This service is also available by visiting the Price Chopper website.
• Access to NuVal, the nutritional scoring system of nearly every item in the store. This system is designed to help people make better food choices for themselves and their families.
• Coupons and promotions for healthy items throughout the store and email updates about events such as food tours, cooking classes and diabetes topics.
Price Chopper customers will have regular opportunities to meet with the chain’s team of pharmacists as a resource for diabetes management. Registered dietitians will also be available to educate and inform about diabetes-friendly foods and recipes throughout the store, on the website and in its social media outreach.
In conjunction with the Diabetes AdvantEdge program, Price Chopper pharmacies are also expanding an existing program that provides free antibiotics to customers with qualified prescriptions, the retailer said in a press statement. This program, which was piloted in the chain’s Connecticut stores, will now be available in all of the chain’s 70 pharmacies.
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