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Diabetes part of NCPA lab testing initiative.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Numerous diabetes tests and screenings will be part of a recently announced collaboration between the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) and consumer-direct lab testing innovator Ulta Lab Tests LLC.

The two plan to roll out an online community lab testing platform to participating community pharmacy members across the country. The arrangement will offer community pharmacy patients direct access to lab tests and health screenings.

By integrating Ulta Lab Tests' innovative services within community pharmacies, customers can order selected low-price lab tests without the need to obtain a prescription from a local physician (not currently available in New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island). Pharmacy customers can easily access lab test information from the Internet and mobile apps.

Customers can review and track their test results for each biomarker from their personal and secured dashboard 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"In many areas, community pharmacists are the only accessible health care provider and a resource for vital patient-focused services such as medication management, education, immunizations and more," said NCPA chief executive officer B. Douglas Hoey.

"This exciting new collaboration with Ulta Lab Tests will allow community pharmacists to continue their commitment to driving better health outcomes for patients by giving patients direct access to information about their own health at lower costs. At the same time, it gives community pharmacists a chance to diversify their patient service offerings and business opportunities."

"We are excited to collaborate with NCPA to offer 23,000 independent community pharmacies access to our low-priced and confidential lab testing and health screening services. Our pharmacy partners can now offer their customers access to more than 1,600 lab tests and health screenings. With 70% of all diseases being diagnosed from blood testing, pharmacists and their customers now have the ability to monitor health conditions," said Ulta Lab Tests CEO John Roehm.

Under the initiative, consumer benefits include savings up to 80% off the regular price of lab tests and health screenings; easy ordering of lab tests and health screenings from websites and mobile apps 24 hours a day, seven days a week; and convenient access to more than 2,100 state and federally certified blood-draw centers (patient service centers) nationwide for specimen collection.

Roehm refers to such other consumer benefits as lab test results received within one or two days and the online dashboard where patients can securely view test results, track progress and share the information with the pharmacist and physician.

Hoey continued: "The community pharmacies that expand their practices and find unique niches are the ones that will succeed in today's rapidly changing health care landscape--this new collaboration with Ulta Lab Tests is a good place to start."

Ulta Lab Tests is recognized for its strong network of health care providers.

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Title Annotation:RX/Diabetes Care
Publication:Chain Drug Review
Date:Sep 28, 2015
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