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Discover Fauquier August 2017
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Remington Drug
Tackles Diabetes
This year,
Remington Drug Co.
pharmacists Travis Hale, Al Roberts, and
Margaret Rowe joined forces to bring
members of the community a class called
"The Sweet Spot: Diabetes Education for
Everyday Living." Classes are held on
the second and fourth Thursday of every
month at the Remington Volunteer Fire
Department, and are designed to show
those living with diabetes how to manage
and control their symptoms. Classes
explore different topics related to the
disease and even include tasting samples
of diabetic-friendly recipes.
The larger
goal, however,
is much more
ambitious. "As
pharmacists,
there's a lot
we could do
to alleviate
the workload
of nurse
practitioners
and physicians,"
says Travis.
"Ultimately, we
want to improve
the communication network between
doctors and pharmacists when it comes
to medication management." Diabetes
in particular, he says, is a disease "with
Travis Hale
many issues attached," and is surprisingly
prevalent in the Remington area.
Approximately 3540% of the prescriptions
fi lled at Remington Drug Co. are related
to diabetes, and include medications for
heart attack, stroke, blood pressure, and
cholesterol. Travis and his team reason that
if pharmacists could partner with physicians
more closely, patients--especially those
with conditions like diabetes--could benefi t
from a more effi cient coordination of care,
thus resulting in better outcomes, lower
costs, and reduced adverse drug events.
For now, though, "The Sweet Spot" is a
positive step in the right direction. These
valuable group education classes are
free, covering topics like losing weight
with lifestyle changes, goal setting, and
much more. Travis, Al, and Margaret, who
teaches the classes, are working toward an
accreditation with the American Association
of Diabetic Educators, and hope to add a
nutritionist and physical therapist to their
team. "Our goal at Remington Drug is to
work together to share information that
creates better outcomes for patients," says
Travis. To learn more, call
(540) 439-3247.
~ Caitlin Scott
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