Theranos opens in Maryland, and 23andme is still chatting with the left in last century organization , FDA, which is always busy with its special interest groups. (United Healthcare on speed dial?) See our first post on Theranos – An Almost Great Start Up
I find it odd that Walgreens in Maryland can give blood tests to anyone over 18, you don’t need an Rx, and it comes with a consult with a pharmacist.
Yet, 23andme can’t read your genes and tell you what the published literature says about it.
Walgreens says: Test results are not for diagnostic or treatment purposes and are not conclusive as to the absence or presence of any health condition.
So why does a consultation with a pharmacist come with the blood test that is not for diagnostic purposes? To discuss the weather? This is BS. Of course the tests are going to be used for diagnostic purposes and I bet these stores s will show increased statin sales to go with the pharmacist being asked, “Is my cholesterol high?” Oh, how I would love to see a brochure from Stephen Sinatra, MD, FACC right there telling people that the current cholesterol levels are a scam.
Here’s the PR from Walgreens:
Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (NASDAQ: WAG) is now offering daily testing for cholesterol, blood glucose and body composition at more than 60 stores in Maryland. 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 Jon Reitz, 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).
Walgreens pharmacists administer tests by fingerstick. Cost for testing is:
— Total Cholesterol – $35
— Blood Glucose – $20
— Body Composition – $15
— Wellness Pack: Cholesterol, Blood Glucose and Body Composition – $65
— Blood pressure – free 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. Customers are encouraged to share test results with their primary care physician.