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University of Iowa News Release

April 12, 2004

UI Pharmacy Students To Offer Diabetes Screenings

In an effort to raise awareness about diabetes, students from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy will offer free diabetes screenings at area pharmacies April 19-23.

The screenings are part of "Operation Diabetes: Talk to Your Pharmacist About Diabetes," sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association and its Academy of Student Pharmacists.

Following are the times/dates/locations of the free screenings:

-- 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 19, Hartig Drug, 701 Mormon Trek Blvd., Iowa City;
-- 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 20, Osco Drug Towncrest, 2425 Muscatine Ave., Iowa City;
-- 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, Liberty Pharmacy, 555 W. Cherry St., North Liberty;
-- 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22, Walgreen Drug Store, 102 2nd St., Coralville;
-- 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, April 23, Towncrest Pharmacy, 2306 Muscatine Ave., Iowa City.

UI pharmacy students and community pharmacists at each location will be available to help identify people who may be at risk of diabetes, identify those who may unknowingly have diabetes and help patients manage their diabetes to prevent long-term complications of the disease.

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 18.2 million people in the United States who have diabetes. Of these people, however, 5.2 million are unaware they have the disease. The total annual economic cost of diabetes in 2002 was estimated to be $132 billion, or one out of every 10 health care dollars spent in the United States. For more information, visit the American Diabetes Association online at www.diabetes.org.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032, david-pedersen@uiowa.edu