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Affordable Diabetes: Wal-mart Tops List

Affordable Diabetes: Wal-mart Tops List

I get loads of questions about where to find discounted meds and other diabetes supplies. Especially over at the DiabeticConnect community, costs are one of the hottest topics. Until now, I've been referring folks to Patient Assistance Programs, neglecting the fact that if you have a little bit of cash on hand, you can get your D-stuff for amazing prices at your local Wal-Mart. Seriously. I was pretty stunned when I walked by the Wal-Mart Pharmacy booth at the ADA Conference last week and saw the price points: Glucose Meters starting at $9 Testing Strips starting at .39 cents each (!) A ReliOn home A1c test kit for $9 And get this: a 30-day prescription for just $4, or a 90-day supply for $10, for hundreds of oral drugs, including: Metformin Glyburide Glipizide Glimepiride Lovastatin Lisinopril Levothyroxine and many more, including arthritis and pain drugs, gastrointestinal meds, asthma and infection treatments, etc., etc. Wow. There was actually new research data presented at the ADA showing that Wal-Mart and Medco Mail Order are currently the least expensive drug vendors. Some excerpts from this report: "The total monthly out-of-pocket price for all 10 drugs most commonly prescribed to diabetes patients for any indication ranged from a low of $428.35 with Medco to a high of $641.90 with Rite Aid." "Dr. Jackness and colleagues found that metformin sold for $4.00 in the generic drug discount program at Wal-Mart and Target and for $5.00 at Kmart. But the local neighborhood pharmacies averaged $38.95 and pharmacy chain Rite Aid charged $39.99." Boo on Rite Aid, I say! And even though Wal-Mart may have taken some unethical missteps with its employment practices in the past, you have to appreciate their efforts to offer some financial relief to people with diabetes. The pr Continue reading >>

What Is A Full Panel Cholesterol And Blood Glucose Test?

What Is A Full Panel Cholesterol And Blood Glucose Test?

A full panel cholesterol and blood glucose test at Walgreens measures: LDL, "bad cholesterol" LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol carries cholesterol, triglycerides, and other fats (lipids) to various parts of the body. A buildup of LDL cholesterol is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease. Low LDL levels correspond to lower risk. HDL, "good cholesterol" HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol carries cholesterol, triglycerides, and other fats from other parts of your body to your liver. Essentially, HDL cholesterol helps lower the "bad" LDL cholesterol. Studies have shown that the higher your HDL cholesterol, the lower your risk of coronary heart disease. Triglycerides Triglycerides are a type of fat used to store excess energy from your diet. Like LDL cholesterol, a high amount of triglycerides can be an indicator for coronary heart disease. Total cholesterol LDL, HDL and Triglycerides are factored in to achieve your total cholesterol result. Blood glucose The amount of sugar in your blood is measured by a blood glucose test. Elevated blood glucose for long periods of time can be an indicator of health problems such as diabetes. A full panel cholesterol and blood glucose test from Walgreens helps identify abnormal levels of cholesterol and/or blood glucose and helps you devise a plan to improve your health. Who is cholesterol and blood glucose testing recommended for? A cholesterol test is recommended for everyone at least once every five years in adults ages 20 and over. A blood glucose test is recommended by the American Diabetes Association every three years for people with normal levels or in good health with no risk factors. Those who are overweight and/or over age 45 should talk with their doctor about whether more frequent testing is recommende Continue reading >>

Sb 1481 Senate Bill - Bill Analysis

Sb 1481 Senate Bill - Bill Analysis

BILL ANALYSIS Ó ------------------------------------------------------------ |SENATE RULES COMMITTEE | SB 1481| |Office of Senate Floor Analyses | | |1020 N Street, Suite 524 | | |(916) 651-1520 Fax: (916) | | |327-4478 | | ------------------------------------------------------------ SB 1481 Page 2 Assembly Amendments (1) require the pharmacy notify the public health officer of the county in which the pharmacy is located that the pharmacy is performing those tests; (2) require the test be approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for sale to the public without a prescription in the form of an over-the-counter test kit; (3) require the test be performed by a pharmacist at a community pharmacy upon customer request; (4) require the pharmacy receive registration from the Department of Public Health (DPH) pursuant to existing law; (5) specify the registration issued to the community pharmacy be valid for two years; and (6) add double-jointing language with AB 761 (Hernandez). ANALYSIS : Existing State Law: 1. Provides for the licensure and regulation of clinical laboratories and personnel by the DPH. (Division 2, Chapter 3, Articles 4-7, Section 1260 et seq. of the Business and Professions Code (BPC); California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 17, Division 1, Chapter 2. Often referred to as the "CLIA Law.") 2. The Pharmacy Law provides for the licensure and regulation of pharmacists by the California Board of Pharmacy. (BPC Section 4000) 3. Authorizes a pharmacist to perform skin puncture in the course of performing CLIA-waived tests while under the supervision of a laboratory director who is a licensed physician. (BPC Section 1206.5, 1209) 4. Classifies licensed laboratories as those that perform examinations classified as moderate to high complexity unde Continue reading >>

Do You Know Your Diabetes Numbers?

Do You Know Your Diabetes Numbers?

When it comes to diabetes, numbers count. By monitoring certain aspects of your health, you can stay in control of your diabetes and help prevent future problems. Here’s a guide to three numbers that everyone with diabetes should know. 1. A1c is a blood test that tells you how well your blood sugar is controlled. While a blood sugar test measures a moment in time, the A1c gives a big-picture view of your blood sugar control during the last two to three months, so you know if your treatment plan is working. The details: An A1c below 7 percent is a common goal. Your doctor may set your goal above or below this. Be sure to get tested at least twice a year. 2. Blood pressure is an indication of your blood vessel health. High blood pressure makes your heart work harderaises the risk for heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease, so controlling your blood pressure is important. The details: A healthy blood pressure is 120/80 (“120 over 80”) or lower. High blood pressure is 140/90 or higher. Blood pressure between 120/80 and 140/90 is “early high blood pressure.” Get your blood pressure checked at every health care visit. 3.Cholesterol and triglyceride tests tell you if these blood fats are in the healthy range. Abnormal levels lead to fatty deposits in the arteries and increase the risk for heart attack and stroke. The details: Get tested every five years or as often as your doctor recommends. The American Diabetes Association says most people with diabetes should aim for these numbers: LDL (“bad”) cholesterol: below 100 mg/dl HDL (“good”) cholesterol: above 40 mg/dl for men and above 50 mg/dl for women Triglycerides: below 150 mg/dl “A1C and eAG.” American Diabetes Association, www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/blood-glucose-contro Continue reading >>

Everything You Need To Know About Diabetes Test Strips

Everything You Need To Know About Diabetes Test Strips

Update: A lot of our readers ask us where can they find the best deals for test strips. We personally recommend Amazon. You can check the list of selections they offer by clicking here. Blood glucose test strips play a crucial role in helping you to monitor your daily blood glucose level and giving your doctor the data to adjust your medication to control your diabetes symptoms. Without the help from these little disposable strips, life with diabetes can become even more chaotic than ever. But what exactly are these thin little plastic slip and why are they so expensive? Are there any alternative method I can use? Where can I get the best deal on these test strips? This article will answer many of your questions and concerns regarding these blood glucose test strips: Table of Contents History on Glucose Test Strips How Does the Test Strips Work Why Are the Strips So Expensive? And Why the Price Discrepancy? Why Must Diabetic Patients Use Glucometer and Test Strip? How Often Should You Administer A Blood Glucose Test? How to Find Out if Your Glucose Monitor is Accurate? How Accurate Are the Test Strips? How to Find Out if Your Glucose Monitor is Accurate? What is a Urine Glucose Test? Can’t I Use This Procedure Instead? Expiration of Test Strips Medicare Plan B Coverage for Glucose Test Strips Where to Get the Best Deal on Test Strips? Ways to Save of Test Strips How to Avoid Counterfeit Blood Glucose Test Strips Can You Reuse Test Strips? Can You Make Your Own Test Strip? 4 Most Affordable Meters How to Pick the Right Glucometer? How to Dispose Used Test Strips, Lancets, and Needles? What to Do with All These Test Strip Containers? Selling Your Glucose Test Strips A Good Idea? Odd Way to Earn Some Money Back Questions? History on Glucose Test Strips The first glucomet Continue reading >>

Wellness+ Diabetes 04/04 - 07/31

Wellness+ Diabetes 04/04 - 07/31

register for wellness+ diabetes Allow up to 5 days after enrollment for benefits including +UP offers to be activated. get $10 +up wyb $50: Registration for wellness+ for diabetes is required. Purchases must be made between 4/4/12 - 7/31/12. A $10 +Up Reward will print on your Rite Aid receipt when you reach your $50 purchase requirement. Advil Tablets and Caplets 100 ct Altoids Smalls Sugarfree Mints 50 ct tin bayer A1C Selfcheck test kit Bayer Low Dose 200/300 ct bayer Breeze 2 Meter bayer contour meter bayer contour usb meter Colgate Total advanced Gum Defense 5.8 oz DEX 4 Bits and Liquid Diabetic Tussin Max 4 oz DiabetiDerm AntiFungal DiabetiDerm Foot Cream Eclipse Multipack Gum 36 ct Freedent 15 ct LifeSavers Sugarfree Bags 2.75 oz Multibetic Vitamins Nature Made Diabetes Health 30 ct Nature Made Vitamin D 400IU 90+10 ct Nature Made Women’s Multi Vitamin 50+90 ct Rite Aid Glucose Tablets and Lancets Russell Stover Sugar Free candy Wrigley’s Extra, Orbit and 5, Single and Multipack Gums Zostrix Diabetic Foot Continue reading >>

Do-it-yourself Health Screening Tests That Are Worth The Money

Do-it-yourself Health Screening Tests That Are Worth The Money

Medicine’s future or a bad idea? Sales of do-it-yourself health screening tests are expected to increase by more than 31 percent from 2012 to 2017, to more than $24.2 billion worldwide, according to BCC Research. Many kits require a drop of blood, a swab of saliva, or a urine or stool sample. Some give results in a few minutes; others require you send a sample to a lab in a postage-paid envelope, and they might take a few days. But not everyone thinks the tests are a good option. “I want engaged patients, and I want them to be well-informed,” says Steven Nissen, M.D., chairman of the department of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. “But self-diagnosis has very important risks. Tests can be wrong. They can give false reassurance or cause excessive alarm.” In fact, Nissen says he doesn’t understand why the Food and Drug Administration allows them to be sold. Others see the growth of this trend as inevitable—and largely positive. “This is the future of medicine,” says Eric Topol, M.D., a cardiologist and director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla, Calif. “People want to be more in charge of their own health care.” If you decide to try home tests, be sure to take several precautions. For example, you should show the results to a doctor, who can confirm them and recommend treatment, if necessary. And choose those tests carefully. Most of the self-test kits on store shelves are authorized by the FDA, says Courtney Lias, Ph.D., director of its Division of Chemistry and Toxicology Devices. That means the agency has reviewed test data from the manufacturers to make sure that the kits are easy to use and that people can get results by following the directions. But the FDA doesn’t guarantee that the readings Continue reading >>

Walgreens To Offer Daily Testing For Cholesterol, Blood Glucose And A1c

Walgreens To Offer Daily Testing For Cholesterol, Blood Glucose And A1c

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is expanding its scope of preventive healthcare services by offering daily testing for total cholesterol, blood glucose and A1C levels at more than 1,400 pharmacies across 33 states and Washington, D.C. The drug store chain, which began offering scheduled testing days at select stores last December, said that the tests are available at select stores during pharmacy hours, with no appointment necessary, to customers ages 18 years and older. Each test also includes a free blood-pressure reading and personal consultation with a Walgreens pharmacist. Walgreens pharmacists administer tests by fingerstick. Cost for testing is: Total cholesterol and HDL: $30; Blood glucose: $20; A1C (for self-identified diabetics only): $35; and Blood pressure: Free with every health test. Test results are not for diagnostic or treatment purposes and are not conclusive as to the absence or presence of any health condition. Recipients are encouraged to share test results with their primary care physicians, Walgreens said. Locations offering these testing services can be found online by visiting Walgreens.com/FindAStore and checking the “health tests” box, or by calling (877) W-and-YOU (877-926-3968). “Providing convenient, affordable access to health-testing services is an important part of our commitment to disease prevention and chronic care management,” said Kermit Crawford, Walgreens president of pharmacy, health and wellness. “As the most accessible healthcare professionals, our pharmacists are spending more time with patients through consultations, immunizations, medication questions or concerns, health testing and other important services.” Continue reading >>

Rite Aid Diabetes Program

Rite Aid Diabetes Program

I wanted to post a reminder about the Rite Aid Diabetes Program that is running from 4/4 to 7/31. The monthly SCR Booklet has a bar code that the cashier can scan to enroll you in the Diabetes Program or you can go HERE to sign up. For every $50 you spend in select items you get a $10 +Up Rewards. Participating Items: • A1C Now Selfcheck Test Kit • Advil Tablets and Caplets, 100 ct. • Altoids Smalls Sugarfree Mints, 50 ct. tin • Bayer Low Dose, 200 ct. and 300 ct. • Bayer Breeze 2 Meter • Bayer Contour Meter • Bayer Contour USB Meter • Colgate Total Advanced Gum Defense, 5.8 oz. • DEX 4 Bits and Liquid • Diabetic Tussin Max 4 oz. • DiabetiDerm AntiFungal • DiabetiDerm Foot Cream • Eclipse Multipack Gum 36ct. • Freedent 15 ct. • LifeSavers Sugarfree Bags, 2.75 oz. • Multibetic Vitamins • Nature Made Diabetes Health, 30 ct. • Nature Made Vitamin D 400IU, 90+10 ct. • Nature Made Women’s Multi Vitamin, 50+90 ct. • Rite Aid Glucose Tablets and Lancets • Russell Stover Sugar Free candy • Wrigley’s Extra, Orbit and 5, Single and Multipack Gums • Zostrix Diabetic Foot Continue reading >>

A Better A1c Test

A Better A1c Test

Even in these difficult times when almost all of us are learning how to become frugal again, money isn’t everything. Especially when it comes to our health. For those of us who have diabetes the A1C test is the best measure that we have of the state of our health. The A1C is the only commonly available check that we have of our average blood glucose level for the past two or three months. Those of us who are fortunate enough to have health insurance usually go to the lab at our doctor’s office or local hospital for their A1C. I know that’s what I was doing several times a year ever since my diabetes diagnosis in 1994. My health insurance provides up to two A1C tests annually for a modest $15 co-pay each time for my visit to my primary care physician. But until now I didn’t take into account how much time getting an A1C test at the lab took out of my busy schedule. And most importantly, I didn’t realize that the lab’s results may not be right. Now, for a few dollars more than even people who have health insurance have to pay for an A1C test we have a much better alternative. It’s the Appraise Diabetes A1c Test from Heritage Labs in Olathe, Kansas. Ordering an Appraise test kit from the Heritage Labs website takes only a couple of minutes. Or if you are at one of the stores that carry it, including Wal-Mart under the Reli-On A1c Test brand name and at Rite-Aid drugstores under the Appraise brand name, you can pick it up while you’re there. So the next time I want to check my A1C I won’t have to make an appointment for a lab test, then drive there and back, and later make an appointment with my doctor to get the results, and drive there and back. The testing procedure is simple and clear. Unlike some home A1C tests that I used before, I felt confident tha Continue reading >>

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