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Rite Aid Now Offers Diabetes Control Program in Cleveland to Help Fight Diabetes Crisis



  Rite Aid Now Offers Diabetes Control Program in Cleveland to Help Fight
  Diabetes Crisis

 Community-based Diabetes Control Program, available at 25 Cleveland Rite Aid
pharmacies, will help enrolled patients learn to better manage their diabetes

Business Wire

CLEVELAND -- November 16, 2012

Rite Aid pharmacists are now participating in the Diabetes Control Program
(DCP), giving many Clevelanders with diabetes a new and convenient way to
manage their condition. The DCP is part of UnitedHealth Group’s Diabetes
Prevention and Control Alliance (DPCA), an innovative, community-based
initiative aimed at fighting the epidemic of type 2 diabetes and prediabetes.

The DCP is now available at no additional cost to Cleveland-area residents
enrolled in UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored health plans. DPCA services
also are available to other health insurers looking for a cost-effective
method to help manage the symptoms – and costs – of diabetes.

The DCP is based on curriculum that has been clinically proven to help control
type 2 diabetes and is now available at 25 Rite Aid pharmacies in Cleveland.
In 2010, nearly 890,000 people 18 and older in Ohio (more than 10 percent of
this age group) are estimated to have been diagnosed with diabetes. Also,
about 266,000 people 18 years and older in Ohio are believed to have diabetes
and not know it. The total for both diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes is
estimated at more than 1.1 million Ohioans^1.

Rite Aid will connect people who have diabetes and who are enrolled in the DCP
with Rite Aid pharmacists trained in diabetes care and medication therapy
management, offering private, one-on-one consultations that provide education
and support. Pharmacists will also consult regularly with enrolled patients to
evaluate their success adhering to prescribed diabetes regimens and to review
the patient’s test results for blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol.
Proper diabetes management has been proven to help reduce the risk of
developing complications from diabetes, such as heart disease, nerve disease,
blindness and limb amputations.

DPCA Service Available at No Additional Out-of-Pocket Cost to Enrolled
Patients
Services offered by the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance may be
contracted by any health insurer or plan sponsor. Currently, DPCA services are
available at no additional out-of-pocket cost to participants enrolled in
employer-provided health insurance plans through UnitedHealthcare and Medica
in select markets. Cleveland-area plan participants who are eligible for the
Diabetes Control Program are being contacted with information on how to
enroll.

“Rite Aid's relationship with the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance is
an important step to show our patients with diabetes that they aren’t alone
when it comes to managing their diabetes,” said Robert I. Thompson, Rite Aid
executive vice president of pharmacy. “Thanks to this innovative
collaboration, Cleveland patients enrolled in the Diabetes Control Program can
now receive one-on-one counseling with a Rite Aid pharmacist specifically
trained in diabetes care and medication therapy management – all at no
additional out-of-pocket cost.”

“Rite Aid is a longstanding partner in the Diabetes Prevention and Control
Alliance. By broadening its reach in the Cleveland area, Rite Aid is helping
more people who must deal with diabetes every day learn how to take control of
the disease, make healthy lifestyle changes and improve their health,” said
Deneen Vojta, M.D., senior vice president, UnitedHealth Group and chief
clinical officer of the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance.

UnitedHealth Group created the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance to
help address the growing epidemic of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, which
threatens to affect more than half of all Americans by 2020 at an annual cost
of $500 billion if current trends continue, according to a report from the
UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform & Modernization.

Diabetes Control Program: Reducing Dangerous, Costly Diabetes Complications
The DCP provides people with diabetes access to health care providers
including specially trained pharmacists who provide personalized coaching and
counseling in the convenient setting of a local pharmacy, and help patients
improve adherence to their physicians’ treatment plans. The goal is for
patients to improve blood glucose control – every percentage-point drop in
HbA1c levels, a commonly used blood glucose marker, reduces by 40 percent the
risk of developing complications from diabetes, which include heart disease,
nerve disease, blindness and limb amputations.

Diabetes Prevention Program: Addressing Obesity to Prevent Diabetes
In addition to the DCP, the Alliance also includes the Diabetes Prevention
Program (DPP), an innovative lifestyle change program conducted in a group
setting through the Y. The program helps people with prediabetes and who are
at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes prevent or delay the disease
through healthy eating, increased physical activity and other lifestyle
changes.

^1 2010 Ohio Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

About Rite Aid
Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore
chains with more than 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia
and fiscal 2012 annual revenues of $26.1 billion. Information about Rite Aid,
including corporate background and press releases, is available through the
company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

About UnitedHealth Group
UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is a diversified health and well-being company
dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making health care work
better. With headquarters in Minnetonka, Minn., UnitedHealth Group offers a
broad spectrum of products and services through two distinct platforms:
UnitedHealthcare, which provides health care coverage and benefits services;
and Optum, which provides information and technology-enabled health services.
Through its businesses, UnitedHealth Group serves more than 75 million people
worldwide. For more information visit UnitedHealth Group at
www.unitedhealthgroup.com.

Contact:

UnitedHealth Group
Kevin Shermach, 312-453-0533
kevin.shermach@uhc.com
or
Rite Aid
Eric Harkreader, 717-975-5713
eharkreader@rideaid.com
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