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CVS/pharmacy, Direct Relief USA hold free flu clinic in Dallas for uninsured

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy and Direct Relief USA teamed up to provide free flu vaccinations at a flu shot clinic held Thursday in Dallas at Healing Hands Ministries Medical & Dental Clinic.

The flu shot clinic in Dallas resulted from the partnership between CVS Caremark and Direct Relief USA that is offering up to $6 million this year in free flu shots to community clinic and health center patients who lack health insurance. Through the program, more than 480 participating clinics and health centers across the country, including Healing Hands Ministries Medical & Dental Clinic, are identifying uninsured individuals from their existing patient populations and providing them with a free flu shot voucher, which is redeemable at any CVS/pharmacy or MinuteClinic location.

"We are committed to giving back to the communities where we do business. That is why we’ve partnered with Direct Relief USA to help ensure that cost is not a barrier to patients receiving the important preventive health care provided by a flu vaccination," stated Laura Underwood, area VP of CVS/pharmacy in Texas. "As we enter the peak of flu season, we are pleased to extend our free flu shot program through the clinic held today at Healing Hands Ministries in Dallas."

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CVS Caremark to host live Facebook chats for American Diabetes Month

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — As part of its broad support for patients with diabetes, and in recognition of American Diabetes Month, CVS Caremark announced on Thursday that it will be hosting live Facebook chats to answer patients’ questions about diabetes and chronic condition management.

Among other topics, the discussions will address how diabetes patients and their families can best manage their disease. CVS pharmacists and MinuteClinic nurse practitioners will offer insights to diabetes patients on filling their prescriptions on time, continuing to take their medications as prescribed and monitoring their conditions regularly.

MinuteClinic will host a live online event with a MinuteClinic nurse practitioner on Nov. 8, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time that can be accessed through the MinuteClinic Facebook page. CVS/pharmacy will host a live online event with a CVS pharmacist on Nov. 15, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Eastern time that can be accessed by logging on to the CVS/pharmacy Facebook page.

"As a pharmacy innovator, we have created a number of programs to help the nearly 26 million Americans who have diabetes manage their condition and find new and effective ways to put them on a path to better health," stated Troyen Brennan, chief medical officer of CVS Caremark.

Many patients are drawn to social media to share information and to find support and strategies for living with chronic disease, but recent CVS Caremark research showed great variability in the standards used to ensure sites effectively provide information and answers to important health-related questions. "We are committed to providing high-quality, accurate information through this medium," Brennan added.

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RediClinic kicks off holiday promotion to promote weight-loss program

BY Antoinette Alexander

HOUSTON — With the holiday season just around the corner, RediClinic is encouraging consumers to enroll in its medically supervised weight-loss program, Weigh Forward, by offering $100 in free groceries at H-E-B when they enroll. The offer ends Dec. 31.

Weigh Forward, which was developed in partnership with weight-loss expert David L. Katz, M.D., kicked off on May 16 at all 29 RediClinic locations in H-E-B stores in Houston, Austin and San Antonio.

“Weight management is a logical service for RediClinic to offer, as there is a growing need for more effective solutions and our grocery store venue gives us an advantage in terms of convenience and opportunity to help patients make better food choices,” stated Web Golinkin, RediClinic’s CEO, when announcing the 10-week program in May. “Weigh Forward is the first comprehensive, medically-supervised weight-loss program to be delivered in a grocery store, and we believe it will set a new standard for sustained effectiveness.”


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