CVS ExtraCare Advantage for Diabetes

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I have spent the past two weeks trying to update all of my prescriptions, mail order pharmacy timelines, and warranty information for all of my various diabetes devices, etc. I am wiped out from the phone calls, the confusion, and the waiting. I have spoken with some great people over the phone and yet I still feel completely isolated on this trek. I miss the time in my life when I knew my pharmacist! I am not trying to be nostalgic. I am all in for modern day advances and conveniences. However, anyone living with diabetes knows that we need a team. I need to feel more confident in my supplies, organization, and shopping for my care. So get ready CVS, here I come!

I have decided to take a challenge and see if I can ease the stress and running around town in search of quality and low cost diabetes supplies! My family and I are going to use CVS pharmacies for the next three months! This does not include my Dexcom CGM or my T:Slim pump supplies. However, this does include prescriptions, testing supplies, low blood glucose remedies, snacks, and the use of CVS online services. I have joined ExtraCare advantage for Diabetes online and am determined to stick with a program to reap some benefits!

I went online and signed up for their app, which was easy. I went into a store to see how easy it would or would not be to get everything switched over from a competitor. Like many others, I require several prescriptions and getting the auto refill is a much needed service. The pharmacist was nice and efficient. She asked if I wanted all the bells and whistles, such as to be notified by text for updates, etc. I signed up for all of these perks.

I plan to use the CVS App to manage my reminders and hopefully keep better track of my prescriptions and prescription history. I also plan to use it to pull out and work with my endocrinologist during future appointments. I recommend that clients take in lists with prescriptions and questions to their physicians. I am hoping to use their app to help with this.

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I am excited to report that I have been using the CVS/pharmacy Advanced Glucose Meter and test strips. Each time that I have used it I have simultaneously used my One Touch Verio IQ meter. So far the results are extremely comparable. I now will be looking at most of the CVS products and comparing price, quantity, and quality across several retailers.

I have used store brands before, but have not had the same positive results from glucose testing. I am anxious to compare the glucose tablet products that they offer as well. After years of eating glucose tablets, then mainly using food sources for simple sugar fixes, I have returned to preferring glucose tablets or gel as a portable and lower calorie option. I also am looking forward to utilizing the ExtraCare Advantage program to see discounts on all of these products.

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I am ready to see if I can get that old feeling back with my pharmacy. I love to use the advanced technology options and am ready to see if I can consolidate and save some money. Follow my trek on this blog and hopefully I’ll be able to provide some good news soon. Meanwhile, browse their products on-line and stop in and don’t hesitate to actually speak to the pharmacy staff instead of just giving them the name on your prescription! Stay Tuned!#CVSHealthySolutions

All The Best,
Marianne Tetlow
The Diabetes Coach

Disclosure: I’m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy for this campaign. I am being sponsored by CVS/pharmacy for my posts and activities, but all opinions expressed are my own, ans all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers.

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