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Walgreens Introduces Daily Health Testing For Cholesterol, Blood Glucose And Body Composition At Stores In California

Further expanding the scope of convenient, preventive health care services provided by its pharmacists, Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (NASDAQ: WAG) is now offering daily testing for cholesterol, blood glucose and body composition at nearly 200 stores in California. Each test also includes a free blood pressure reading and personal consultation with a Walgreens pharmacist.

“Providing convenient, affordable access to health testing services is an important part of our commitment to disease prevention and chronic care management,” said Hayley Park, market pharmacy director, Walgreens. “As the most accessible health care providers, our pharmacists are spending more time with patients through consultations, immunizations, medication questions or concerns, health testing and other important services to help our customers get, stay and live well.”

Tests are available to those ages 18 and over at most stores during pharmacy hours daily with no appointment necessary. Walgreens offers health testing daily at more than 4,100 stores in 41 states. To find the nearest Walgreens offering these testing services, visit the store locator at www.walgreens.com/findahealthtest, or call 1-877-W-and-YOU (1-877-926-3968). Tests are subject to availability.

Walgreens pharmacists administer tests by fingerstick. Cost for testing is:

  • Cholesterol - $35
  • Blood Glucose - $20
  • Body Composition - $15
  • Wellness Pack: Cholesterol, Blood Glucose and Body Composition - $65
  • Blood pressure – free now through Feb. 28 in support of National Heart Health Month and included with every health test

Test results are not for diagnostic or treatment purposes and are not conclusive as to the absence or presence of any health condition. Patients are encouraged to share test results with their primary care physician.

Cholesterol Testing

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recommends that all adults have their cholesterol levels checked at least every five years. However, adults over age 45 or with other risk factors for heart disease or stroke should talk with their primary care physician about whether more frequent testing is necessary. Walgreens total cholesterol tests include a review of triglycerides, HDL and LDL. Fasting food and drinks (other than water) for 9 -12 hours may be required for full cholesterol panel tests.

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