London Drugs Certified Diabetes Educators will assist patients in diabetes management



    Canadian Diabetes Association recognizes London Drugs for commitment to
    diabetes care

    VANCOUVER, Nov. 13 /CNW/ - In support of Diabetes Awareness month, London
Drugs continues to be a leader in diabetes care with the expansion of its
in-store Certified Diabetes Educator study support program. Certified Diabetes
Educators are available to assist patients in managing their disease and to
guide patients by making recommendations for therapy. There are more than two
million Canadians with diabetes. Without proper management and care of
diabetes, a variety of complications can result. These problems include heart,
kidney and eye disease as well as nerve damage. Patients that commit to
diabetes management can lead active and independent lives.
    "At London Drugs we are committed to providing our pharmacy patients with
the latest education and information regarding diabetes management," said John
Tse, vice president Pharmacy & Cosmetics. "The Certified Diabetes Education
Study Program at London Drugs provides our pharmacists with education support
and allows for different levels of care. With this program we prepare our
pharmacists for the certification."
    With an in-store Certified Diabetes Educator, London Drugs pharmacy
patients have access to a health care professional that the patient can work
with regularly to manage their disease. Certified Diabetes Educators take an
active role in patients' health care and understand the most effective ways to
teach patients about diabetes. Select pharmacists undergo an eight month
internal program that prepares them for Canadian Diabetes Association
Certified Diabetes Educators exam.
    The Canadian Diabetes Association "applauds London Drugs for recognizing
the importance of diabetes expertise within their pharmacist team, and for
taking the steps to support this aspect of their professional development."
    Throughout 2007 London Drugs has been offering a three part Diabetes
Clinic. With each clinic, London Drugs pharmacists recommend prevention and
treatments strategies for patients with diabetes. London Drugs is currently
offering the final instalment of its three part Diabetes Clinic, Don't
Complicate Things, where people diagnosed with diabetes receive a foot
neuropathy screening. Each patient care pharmacist is provided with the tools
to identify, assess and discuss individualized risks and implications for
diabetes.
    Diabetes continues to be one of Canada's leading illnesses that affect a
wide range of people. It is recommended that anyone over the age of 40 years
be tested for Type 2 Diabetes at least every three years. Other risk factors
for Type 2 Diabetes include a family member with diabetes or being of
Aboriginal, Asian, South Asian or African descent. Diabetes management
continues to have positive outcomes through pharmacist care that incorporates
patient education and management of treatment regimes for patients.

    About London Drugs

    Founded in 1945, B.C.-based London Drugs currently has 68 stores in more
than 36 major markets throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and
Manitoba. Renowned for its creative approach to retailing, the company employs
more than 7500 people and carries a diverse range of health and consumer
electronic products. With its strong commitment to innovation and customer
appreciation, London Drugs has established itself as a reputable and caring
company and continues to position itself for future growth and development.





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