NEW YORK — Hy-Vee has teamed up with the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy and Ferris State University to offer rapid-diagnostic flu and strep tests in its pharmacies.
Hy-Vee stores in Omaha and Papillion are among 60 sites throughout three states that will have pharmacists trained to administer these tests, the results of which are available shortly after the test is given. In addition to the testing, pharmacists also will be able to fill prescriptions to treat identified illnesses, if needed, under protocol set by prescribing physicians.
The tests are part of a research study conducted by UNMC and Ferris State and are available to Hy-Vee customers who qualify for the program. Participants must be at least 19 years of age and exhibit symptoms consistent with influenza or strep.
“At Hy-Vee we are committed to the health and wellness of our customers and communities,” Bob Egeland, VP of pharmacy at Hy-Vee said. “Our pharmacists have long had the job of helping our customers get well and make educated choices in their treatments. This is just another way that we can improve our level of customer service and save people time and money when the situation warrants.”
Also collaborating with Ferris State University and the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy is Meijer. As previously reported by Drug Store News, the mass-merchandise chain announced earlier this month that its pharmacy locations in Michigan would be participating in the study and offering free testing for flu and strep throat.