London Drugs Certified Diabetes Educators Assist Patients with Diabetes Management


RICHMOND, BC, May 11, 2011 – Diabetes continues to be one of Canada's leading illnesses that affect a wide range of people. Without the proper management and care of diabetes a variety of complications can result. People with diabetes are at greater risk for problems that involve damage to small blood vessels and nerves due to high levels of glucose in the blood. They are also at a greater risk of developing hardening of large arteries (atherosclerosis), which can result in a heart attack, stroke, or poor blood flow to the legs. One of the risk factors for diabetes is age; it is recommended that anyone over the age of 40 years be tested for Type 2 Diabetes at least once 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.

London Drugs continues to be a leader in diabetes care with the continued expansion of its in-store Certified Diabetes Educator study support program. London Drugs now has a total of 32 Certified Diabetes Educators across Western Canada to assist patients in managing their disease and to guide them by making recommendations for therapy specific to their needs. In addition to on-going access to Certified Diabetes Educators, London Drugs patients can register in a Preventing Diabetes Clinic throughout the months of May and June. Select clinics are available in Punjabi, Korean and Cantonese.

"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. "The Certified Diabetes Education Study Program at London Drugs provides our pharmacists with education support and allows for different levels of care. We are proud of our pharmacists who have attained this certification and are thrilled to watch the growth of this program."

There are more than two million Canadians with diabetes. Patients that commit to diabetes management can lead active and independent lives. 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 the Canadian Diabetes Association Certified Diabetes Educators exam. London Drugs now has Certified Diabetes Educators in Winnipeg (Manitoba), Saskatoon (Saskatchewan), Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Red Deer, Sherwood Park, St. Albert (Alberta), Abbotsford, Burnaby, Campbell River, Coquitlam, Delta, Gibsons, Kamloops, Kelowna, Mission, Nanaimo, Prince George, Richmond, Surrey, and Vancouver (British Columbia).


About London Drugs

Founded in 1945, B.C.-based London Drugs has 75 stores in more than 35 major markets throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba including its online store London Drugs offers consumers a range of products from digital cameras and cosmetics to computers and televisions. Renowned for its creative approach to retailing, the company employs more than 7,500 people with pharmacy and health care services being the heart of its business. Committed to innovation and superior customer service, London Drugs has established itself as a reputable and caring company and continues to position itself for future growth and development. Follow London Drugs on Facebook and Twitter.

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Cynnamon Schreinert


Posted May 11, 2011