ST. LOUIS Medicine Shoppe International recently celebrated its 100th store operating a Specialized Care Center for diabetic patients. The centers offer education and counsel from pharmacists, who receive certification as diabetes managers, as well as products specifically for people with diabetes.
“There currently are nearly 15 million diagnosed cases of diabetes in the U.S., plus an estimated six million undiagnosed cases,” said Keith Cook, vice president of pharmacy solutions for MSI. “As this population grows, so too does the opportunity and challenge of helping customers with diabetes. People with diabetes need pharmacies where healthcare professionals can dedicate enough time to provide thorough education on proper diabetes management. It is our goal to be a destination for these individuals.”
In order for pharmacists to qualify as diabetes manager, they must pass an intensive certification program entitled “Pharmaceutical Care for Patients with Diabetes,” a program developed by the American Pharmacists Association and the American Association of Diabetes Educators.