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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 15, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Avricore Health Inc. (TSXV: AVCR, OTC: AVCRF) (“Avricore Health” or the “Company”) is expanding its innovative point-of-care chronic and infectious disease screening and health-data management platform, HealthTab™, further into the Canadian pharmacy ecosystem with one of Canada’s largest pharmacy retailers, Rexall Pharmacy Group ULC (“Rexall”).
“With Pharmacies’ expanded scope and rising patient demand, the need for the clinical pharmacy practice is greater than ever,” said Hector Bremner, CEO of Avricore Health. “We’re excited to work with Rexall pharmacy teams to support positive patient outcomes through real-time insights into their health.”
Patients began accessing testing today in the first Rexall Pharmacy Walk-In Clinic in Sherwood Park, Alberta. HealthTab will be offering both the Afinion 2™ blood-chemistry analyzer as well as the ID Now™ molecular platform by Abbott Rapid Diagnostics, giving patients quick access to their test results, and allowing for immediate consultation with their pharmacist.
As HealthTab has grown over the last year, it has helped pharmacists screen patients at risk for developing diabetes and cardiovascular conditions, as well as support those already diagnosed to better manage their conditions. With the addition of Rexall within the HealthTab network, patients will have easier access to care and be supported to make meaningful and impactful changes to their health.
With a dynamic history of innovation and growth dating back over a century, Rexall is a leading pharmacy retailer in Canada, dedicated to caring for Canadians’ health, one person at a time. Operating approximately 400 pharmacies across Canada, Rexall’s 8,000 employees provide compassionate care to patients, becoming their trusted health partners along their wellness journey.
Rexall is part of the Rexall Pharmacy Group ULC and a proud member of the global McKesson Canada Corporation family, a diversified healthcare company with deep roots in supporting patients across Canada.
For more information, visit rexall.ca. Follow us on Twitter: @RexallDrugStore, on Instagram at @RexallDrugStoreOfficial, and @RexallCareNetwork and on Facebook at @RexallDrugStore
HealthTab™ Market Fast Facts
Point of Care Testing Market to reach $93.21 Billion USD in 2030 (Source)Nearly 13.6 Million Canadians are expected to be diabetic or prediabetic by 2030, with many undiagnosed (Source)Over 1 in 3 Americans, approximately 88 million people, have pre-diabetes (Source)Close to 160,000 Canadians 20 years and older are diagnosed with heart disease each year, often it’s only after a heart attack they are diagnosed. (Source)There are more than 10,000 pharmacies in Canada, 88,000 pharmacies in the US, and nearly 12,000 in the UK.
HealthTab™ is a turnkey point-of-care testing solution that combines best-in-class point-of-care technologies with a secure, cloud-based platform for tackling pressing global health issues. With just a few drops of blood from a finger prick, the system generates lab-accurate results on the spot and data is reported in real-time. The test menu includes up to 23 key biomarkers for screening and managing chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease (e.g., HbA1c, Lipid Profile, eGFR). HealthTab™ has also recently added capabilities for bacterial and viral tests, such as strep and COVID-19.
The HealthTab™ network model is unlike anything in pharmacy today. It gives knowledgeable and trusted pharmacists a greater role in primary care delivery while empowering patients to take more control of their health. It also reduces costs and waiting times and provides many potential revenue streams including equipment leasing & consumables, direct access testing, disease prevention & management programs, sponsored health programs, decentralized clinical trials, real-world data (RWD) sets, and third-party app integration through API.
About Avricore Health Inc.
Avricore Health Inc. (TSXV: AVCR) is a pharmacy service innovator focused on acquiring and developing early-stage technologies aimed at moving pharmacy forward. Through its flagship offering HealthTab™, a wholly owned subsidiary, the Company’s mission is to make actionable health information more accessible to everyone by creating the world’s largest network of rapid testing devices in community pharmacies.
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