Duane Reade Expands Diabetes Resource Center Offerings To Meet Public Demand

Monday, August 13, 2007 General News
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NEW YORK, Aug. 13 Duane Reade Holdings, Inc., the leadingdrug store chain in the New York metropolitan area, today announced it hasexpanded its service offering at the Duane Reade Diabetes Resource Center, afree comprehensive training and educational facility for patients withdiabetes mellitus. Recognizing a growing need to provide New Yorkers withassistance and guidance in living with diabetes, Duane Reade has opened theirdiabetes support groups to all New Yorkers.

Following the request of Duane Reade Diabetes Resource Center classparticipants who wanted to continue learning and sharing with their fellowclassmates and group members, Duane Reade has implemented monthly supportgroups. The Duane Reade Diabetes Resource Center support groups wereoriginally offered only to those who had participated in the educationalclasses, but now the Company has extended its support group services to meetthe needs of the participants and the community as a whole

"I have been going to the Duane Reade Diabetes Resource Center for sometime now and am very happy with the staff and center's services," said a DuaneReade Diabetes Resource Center patron from Queens, New York. "The classes,taught by Kaliroi Brodin, R.Ph. and Joy Pape R.N., have been very educationaland helpful. I have attended other programs, but have not enjoyed them orfound them as useful as I find Duane Reade's classes. Kaliroi and Joy explaineverything so well that I better understand my diabetes and how to best carefor myself."

The Diabetes Resource Center continues to offer classes to educate NewYorkers and their families about diabetes. Classes are conveniently scheduledtwice on Tuesdays, with one morning session and one evening session, and areadministered in five two-hour sessions for the duration of a five week period.These classes aim to cultivate knowledge of the diabetes so that patients maybetter take charge of their health. Registration is required.

"We are delighted with New York's exceptional feedback and strong responseto the Diabetes Resource Center, and are very pleased to expand our offeringto continue to meet the needs of the community," said Kaliroi Brodin, BSc,ParmD, RPh, Duane Reade's Director of Health and Wellness Services. "Diabetesis a serious and growing disease in this city, and the expansion of thisCenter is a powerful step forward in ensuring Duane Reade's goal of promotinghealth and wellness for New Yorkers."

"Duane Reade's Diabetes Resource Center is an outstanding program givingpeople with diabetes the information and ability to take control and changediabetes in their lives," said Pat Quinn, Senior Director of Trade for NovoNordisk. "Novo Nordisk is proud to support the Center as one of the manyinitiatives under our Changing Diabetes(SM) program."

Diabetes affects approximately 700,000 New Yorkers and almost a third areunaware they have the condition (1). More than 100,000 New Yorkers with verypoorly controlled diabetes are at high risk of heart attack, stroke, kidneyfailure, blindness, and amputations (1). Maintaining blood glucose, bloodpressure, cholesterol and weight in line with recommended healthy ranges,along with not smoking, will help prevent complications and promote healthyliving.

The flagship Diabetes Resource Center, which was established in February2007, will continue to offer its existing services, including scheduledappointments and walk-in services, personal consultation and training,diabetes risk assessments, and an on-site reference library. The DiabetesResource Center and its services, managed by licensed pharmacists andcertified diabetes educators, are open to the public and are free of charge.Participants need not be Duane Reade customers to make use of the services andclasses. For more information on the Diabetes Resource Center or to sign upfor an educational class, patients should call 1-866-913-8486/1

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