London Drugs increases number of Certified Diabetes Educators to assist patients with diabetes management


RICHMOND, BC, November 13, 2008 - London Drugs continues to be a leader in diabetes care with the expansion of its in-store Certified Diabetes Educator study support program. London Drugs now has 15 Certified Diabetes Educators across Western Canada to assist patients in managing their disease and to guide them by making recommendations for therapy.

“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.”

There are more than two million Canadians with diabetes. Without proper management and care of diabetes, a variety of complications can result. 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 Canadian Diabetes Association Certified Diabetes Educators exam. London Drugs now has Certified Diabetes Educators in Winnipeg (Manitoba), Saskatoon, Regina (Saskatchewan), Calgary, St. Albert, Lethbridge (Alberta), Vancouver, Coquitlam, Surrey, Richmond, Gibsons and Kamloops (British Columbia).

Jean Blake, Executive Director, Pacific Area, 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."

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 69 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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Cynnamon Schreinert, 604-802-2733