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Giant Eagle® Expands Free Prescription Program To Include Free Diabetes Medicines in Western Pennsylvania
Date:7/29/2010

ined the American Diabetes Association's (ADA) movement to Stop Diabetes®, and is offering a multi-faceted program that includes free diabetes screenings and a pharmacy Diabetes Care Specialist in all 211 supermarket pharmacy locations, and 29 free introductory nutrition classes to provide an overview on the major components for a healthy lifestyle including food choices and exercise, led by Giant Eagle's registered dietitians.

"Type 2 diabetes is, unfortunately, an increasingly common disease in the United States and in the communities that we serve," said Giant Eagle Vice President of Pharmacy Operations, Randy Heiser.  "That is why it is important to ensure our customers have access to these commonly prescribed medications, as type 2 diabetes cases continue to grow."

"Adding these five medications to Giant Eagle's free prescription program, while providing other ways to manage diabetes through the various healthy living solutions offered in our stores, reinforces our commitment to promote healthy lifestyles for all of our customers."

The free diabetes prescription program joins other Giant Eagle healthy living initiatives designed to provide no-cost medicine to area residents.  Last September, Giant Eagle's pharmacy began offering the nine most popular antibiotics for free and to date, the program has filled nearly one million free antibiotic prescriptions with a total cost savings to customers of nearly $6 million.

Heiser added, "With the growing incidences of diabetes, this program is one more way Giant Eagle can help our customers build healthier lifestyles while saving them money.  Our healthy living and wellness programs include everything from prescription drug programs, in-store diabetes screenings, and dia
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