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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 14, 2005

Pharmacy Students To Take Part In 'Operation Diabetes'

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-one UI pharmacy students were trained by pharmacist Jen Musick of Iowa Health Solutions 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:

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Towncrest Pharmacy, 2306 Muscatine Ave., Iowa City

Thursday, Feb. 24, 3 to 5 p.m., Osco Drug, 2425 Muscatine Ave., Iowa City

Wednesday, March 2, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Hartig Pharmacy, 701 Mormon Trek Blvd., Iowa City

Friday, March 4, 3 to 5 p.m., Walgreen's Pharmacy, 102 2nd St., Coralville

Monday, March 28, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Liberty Pharmacy, 555 W. Cherry St., North Liberty

Tuesday, March 29, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Towncrest Pharmacy, Iowa City

Tuesday, April 29, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Osco Drug, Muscatine Ave., Iowa City

Wednesday, April 20, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Hartig Pharmacy, Mormon Trek, Iowa City

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

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, (319) 335-8032,; Writer: Christine Nicholson