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Diabetes AdvantEdge program expanded by Price Chopper
September 20th, 2010
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Price Chopper has extended its Diabetes AdvantEdge diabetes management program to include free syringes and pen needles to support insulin-dependent patients and those using other injectable medications.
The regional food and drug retailer said that the expanded program gives diabetes patients increased access to medication, supplies, support and information, along with educational opportunities on nutrition, healthy food choices and diabetes management.
"Diabetes AdvantEdge has been so well-received by those managing diabetes as well as members of the health care community that several chain drug stores have attempted to follow suit," Vincent Mainella, vice president of pharmacy at Price Chopper, said in a statement.
"As a supermarket, however, we differentiate ourselves by providing a wide variety of fresh and packaged foods coupled with open access to our health professionals, registered dietitians and nutrition specialists. This gives the consumer a definitive advantage in comprehensive health management," Mainella added.
Besides free diabetes medications, syringes and pen needles, Diabetes AdvantEdge provides participating patients with free lancets and lancing devices to aid with the monitoring of their blood sugar, according to Price Chopper. The supermarket chain's pharmacists, in one-on-one consultations, also take an active role encouraging and educating patients on the use of blood sugar recording logs as tools to enhance the communication of progress with their doctors.
Other elements of Diabetes AdvantEdge include enrollment in the Refill AdvantEdge auomated refill program; access to diabetes-friendly recipes from Eating Well magazine and a diabetes health center online; access to a registered dietitian for questions about eating and recipes via a toll-free line or the Price Chopper web site; access to the NuVal nutritional scoring system for store items; and coupons and promotions for healthy items throughout the store, as well as e-mail updates about events such as food tours, cooking classes and diabetes topics.
Price Chopper operates 128 supermarkets, including 72 pharmacies, in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.