Published Online: Saturday, December 1, 2007

In conjunction with November designated Diabetes Awareness Month, CVS/pharmacy is educating patients on topics ranging from identifying symptoms and monitoring sugar levels to managing medications and avoiding drug interactions and possible side effects.

The retail chain has partnered with the American Diabetes Association to produce the informational materials available in pharmacies. In addition, 1500 select CVS/pharmacy stores will offer support for patients with diabetes through Meter Day events, which will include: blood glucose meter demonstrations.

?Our pharmacists play an active role in helping patients manage medications for chronic diseases, such as diabetes, that can require constant monitoring,? said Registered Pharmacist Papatya Tankut, vice president of pharmacy professional services at CVS/pharmacy. ?It?s important that patients take the time to talk with their pharmacists, let them know about over-thecounter medicines and other prescriptions they are taking, or advise them on any side effects they may be experiencing. Pharmacists can provide counsel on medication compliance, side effects, and potential interactions for patients who can in turn work toward a treatment plan with their doctor.?

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