The St. Cloud, Minnesota-based employee-owned grocery/pharmacy chain Coborn’s is launching a new $9.99 Diabetes Management Program to help customers better afford and manage diabetes. In partnership with Arkray USA, Coborn’s now offers customers a free blood glucose meter free wellness materials, along with a 50-count supply of test strips priced at $9.99.
“We are pleased to help customers better manage this complicated disease state,” said Jim Cox, senior director of pharmacy for Coborn’s. “Diabetes is one of the fastest growing disease states in the country and also one of the more costly to manage, which is why many don’t or can’t afford to test their blood glucose levels properly.”
The retailer says that even with insurance, many with diabetes find themselves paying $30, or even more, a month for their diabetes test strips. For those who are underinsured, or even paying cash, the retail price for a 50-count supply (approximately one month’s worth of testing) can be upwards of $90. Cox said, “We help educate patients with high copays or health savings accounts that there are quality alternatives to expensive brand names that you can get at a cash price well below your average copay.”
“Coborn’s has been a great partner of ours and our company values are in alignment when it comes to patient health and wellbeing,” said Arkray USA President Jonathan Chapman. “Arkray’s goal is to help make diabetes management easy and affordable. With the cost of diabetes management on the rise, it is now more important than ever to help save patients money so they can properly manage this complex disease.”