Alexandria, Va., Aug. 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The National Community Pharmacists Association, in collaboration with the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists and OmniSYS, is pleased to announce that 30 neighborhood pharmacies have been selected to receive training and financial support to become Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-recognized National Diabetes Prevention Program providers. The National DPP is a nationwide effort that created partnerships between public and private organizations to offer evidence-based, cost-effective interventions that help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. This is the second cohort of pharmacies participating in the joint NCPA-ADCES-OmniSYS initiative. Eighteen pharmacies were recruited last year for the initial group.
“Expanded pharmacy offerings show a commitment to the well-being of your patients and your community; they can quite literally change the trajectory of peoples’ health journey,” said NCPA President Brian Caswell, owner of Wolkar Drug in Baxter Springs, Kan. “It’s great that so many pharmacies are eager to participate in the National Diabetes Prevention Program and make these important lifestyle change services accessible to their patients.”
“ADCES is proud to continue our work with NCPA to train pharmacy-based care teams and connect people with prediabetes to proven, person-centered and team-based care,” said Leslie Kolb, RN, BSN, MBA, ADCES Chief Science, Practice & Learning Officer. “Through our lifestyle coach training and technical assistance, we look forward to supporting the next 30 pharmacies as they activate successful programs to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.”
“A significant number of Americans are living with pre-diabetes, and the majority will progress to a full diabetes diagnosis without intervention. OmniSYS is thrilled to work alongside NCPA, ADCES and community pharmacies across the country to help pharmacists engage in life-changing diabetes prevention encounters that will help turn the tide on the diabetes epidemic,” said David Pope, PharmD, CDE, OmniSYS chief innovation officer. “With a billing-enabled pharmacy EHR, OmniSYS supports pharmacists in their roles as providers and helps pharmacies operationalize clinical services, including this diabetes prevention-focused initiative.”
The 2021 cohort of participating community pharmacies includes: Atlantis Pharmacy in Atlantis, Fla.; Avant Pharmacy and Wellness in Charlotte, N.C.; Bluegrass Family Pharmacy in Richmond, Ky.; Chad’s Payless Pharmacy, in Florence, Ala.; Community Care RX in Malvern, Ark.; Danhauer Drug Company in Owensboro, Ky.; Day’s Miami Heights Pharmacy in Cincinnati; Duncan’s Pharmacy in Dyer, Tenn.; Eastern Carolina Medical Center Pharmacy in Benson, N.C.; Eldon Drug Co. in Eldon, Mo.; Fricks Pharmacy in Milton, Fla.; Glenn’s Prescription Center/Glenn’s Apothecary in Salem, Ky.; IHS Pharmacy & Gifts in Metter, Ga.; Jolley’s Compounding Pharmacy in Salt Lake City; K&M Pharmacy in Kingsport, Tenn.; Main Street Pharmacy 3 in Bridgeport, Conn.; McDowell’s Pharmacy in Scotland Neck, N.C.; Medicine Mart of Lexington in Lexington, S.C.; Mitchell’s Drug Stores on the Boulevard in Neosho, Mo.; Pathway Pharmacy, in Ocala, Fla.; Pharmacy Shop in Pocatello, Idaho; Poole’s Pharmacy in Marietta, Ga; Prescription Shop of Stuart in Stuart, Fla.; R&J Drug Company 2 in Johnson City, Tenn.; Sango Pharmacy in Clarksville, Tenn.; Soleil Pharmacy in Glen Burnie, Md.; Super Health Pharmacy in Staten Island, N.Y.; TT Healthcare in Rosemead, Calif.; Uptown Pharmacy in Westerville, Ohio; and Willey Pharmacy in Bear, Del.
Program support for the pharmacies will feature CDC-approved lifestyle coach training provided by ADCES to select pharmacy staff who will deliver the National DPP lifestyle change program, as well as access to an OmniSYS platform that will facilitate intervention, documentation, and education. Additionally, it is anticipated that this support along with a financial incentive will enhance the pharmacies’ opportunity to become CDC-recognized programs under the CDC Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program.