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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 22, 2005

UI Pharmacy Students To Offer Glucose Screenings

Students from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy will offer free blood glucose screenings to the public as part of a nationwide effort to identify individuals at high risk of developing diabetes.

"Operation Diabetes" was launched by the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) and is sponsored by Rite Aid. In addition to providing glucose screening, the promotional campaign is designed to increase awareness of diabetes and the dangers associated with the disease.

Twenty UI pharmacy students were trained by Jenna Steffensmeier, a clinical pharmacist with the Veterans Affairs Iowa City Health Care System to administer the blood glucose screenings. Individuals who are identified as having high blood glucose levels will receive information for referral to their physicians.

The screenings will be available on the following dates and locations:

--Thursday, Sept. 22, 4-6 p.m., Hartig Drug, 701 Mormon Trek Blvd., Iowa City.

--Thursday, Oct. 20, 4-6 p.m., Osco Drug, 2425 Muscatine Ave., Iowa City.

--Thursday, Nov. 10, 4-6 p.m., Osco Drug, 2425 Muscatine Ave., Iowa City.

--Tuesday, Nov. 15, 4-6 p.m., Hartig Drug, 701 Mormon Trek Blvd., Iowa City.

--Thursday, Nov. 17, 3:30-5:30 p.m., A Avenue Pharmacy, 717 A Ave. NE - Suite #202, Cedar Rapids.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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