GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer has trained and placed a diabetes care pharmacist in each of its stores throughout its five-state footprint. Citing an increased need for support and education regarding the diabetes threat, it has trained more than 200 pharmacists as diabetes specialists.
“A community pharmacist is an important first line of defense for diabetes and other diseases. So it was imperative that we placed more trained experts within our pharmacies for the benefit of our customers,” said Effie Steele, clinical services manager for Meijer, in a statement.
Last year, Meijer began offering the most commonly prescribed treatment for Type 2 diabetes, called Metformin, at no cost to those with a prescription. In 16 months, it has dispensed nearly 700,000 free prescriptions of Metformin at a cost savings of more than $6 million to Meijer customers.
To help launch the diabetes specialist initiative all 197 Meijer pharmacies will host a Diabetes Care Event Saturday. Blood Glucose testing will be offered at no charge and customers will receive a free pharmacy patient education and sample kit. Diabetes care pharmacists will be on hand to answer questions.