Type 2 patients rise to challenge

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

WASHINGTON - Pharmacists can now say, "We told you so." A new study published in the March-April issue of the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association bolstered what community pharmacy providers have said all along. People with Type 2 diabetes who receive coaching by a pharmacist do better. Early results of the Diabetes Ten City Challenge, launched in October 2005, show a 21% increase in the number of patients who achieved an A1C test result of less than 7%. The challenge features 914 participants, who obtain a basic treatment plan from their doctors, then see a pharmacist once a month to check their blood sugars.