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Walgreens, Take Care offer free blood pressure testing

BY Antoinette Alexander

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has announced that it is offering free blood pressure testing through Jan. 16 at all Walgreens pharmacies and Take Care Clinics nationwide, as announced Thursday on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

Blood pressure testing is available to adults ages 18 years and older during regular pharmacy and clinic hours. Each test includes a free consultation from a Walgreens pharmacist or Take Care Clinic nurse practitioner. The free blood pressure tests are not being done for diagnostic or treatment purposes and recipients are encouraged to report results to their primary care providers.

"It’s extremely important for people to know their numbers when it comes to blood pressure, because oftentimes there may not be symptoms that alert you to a problem," stated Richard Ashworth, Walgreens VP pharmacy operations. "Hypertension is one of the most prevalent chronic conditions in our country today, and by offering free blood pressure testing at our more than 7,600 locations, we hope these services and interaction with our healthcare service providers encourage more people to make blood pressure monitoring a practice in managing their overall health."

According to the American Heart Association, more than 76 million people in the United States age 20 years and older have high blood pressure. Of those, the association stated that about 22% are unaware of their condition, 69% are receiving treatment and 45% have their blood pressure controlled.

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Marshall University names founding dean

BY Alaric DeArment

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A coming-soon pharmacy school has a new dean, according to published reports.

The Charleston, W.Va., Gazette reported Thursday that Marshall University’s pharmacy school, which has yet to be created, had named Kevin Yingling as its founding dean. The university’s board of governors authorized the school to begin its application process with the American Council for Pharmacy Education to establish the school in October.

The pharmacy will be the third in the state, after the ones at West Virginia University and the University of Charleston. The newspaper reported that West Virginia is one of the top 10 states in terms of unmet pharmacist demand, and that number would continue to grow as the state’s population ages.

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Genentech: Despite alcohol prep pads recall, drugs are safe to use

BY Alaric DeArment

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Biotech company Genentech advised consumers to avoid alcohol prep pads distributed with some of its drugs due to possible contamination.

Genentech, a subsidiary of Swiss drug maker Roche, said users of its drugs should not use prep pads made by Triad Group, but that the drugs themselves were still safe to use. Triad Group recently recalled several of its pads due to contamination, prompting Bayer HealthCare to issue a similar warning.

Genentech said patients could use prep pads not affected by the recall instead, or use sterile gauze treated with isopropyl alcohol.

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