Cub Pharmacy Joins Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance to Help Tackle National Diabetes Crisis

April 11, 2012

Cub Pharmacy®, a division of SUPERVALU (NYSE: SVU), is joining UnitedHealth Group’s Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance (DPCA), giving Cub Pharmacy customers access to the Alliance’s innovative, community-based Diabetes Control Program, based on curriculum that has been clinically proven to help control type 2 diabetes.

Cub Pharmacy will offer the Diabetes Control Program at 62 locations in Minnesota.

Cub Pharmacy will provide patient education and support from trained pharmacists by appointment to help people with diabetes better control their condition and reduce the risk of developing complications, such as cardiovascular, kidney and eye disease. Pharmacists in these Cub Pharmacy locations will conduct blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure testing services for program participants and provide them with on-the-spot results, enabling patients to get immediate feedback on their status and progress in managing their diabetes.

“SUPERVALU is proud to partner with the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance to help make an impact on the nation’s diabetes epidemic through equipping and empowering patients to improve their health. Cub pharmacists are well-positioned to improve our patients’ health due to their accessibility, training and experience in coordinating health care services,” said Chris Dimos, president, SUPERVALU Pharmacies.

“We welcome Cub Pharmacy as a new Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance partner and look forward to working together to help people learn how to take control of their diabetes 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. “The DPCA programs are based on the clinically proven National Diabetes Prevention Program, which has had an impact on the nation’s diabetes epidemic, and new partners like Cub Pharmacy are helping to broaden the reach of these programs to help individuals, families and communities live healthier lives.”

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

Diabetes Control Program: Reducing Dangerous, Costly Diabetes Complications
The Diabetes Control Program provides individuals with diabetes access to trained pharmacists and nurse practitioners 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.

DPCA Service Available at No Additional Out-of-Pocket Cost to Participants
Services offered by the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance may be contracted by any health insurer or plan sponsor. The Alliance marks the first time in the United States that a health plan is paying for evidence-based diabetes prevention and engaging pharmacists to support critical diabetes management programs. 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.

The Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance is one of many UnitedHealth Group programs and services that fight diabetes, obesity and related health problems in creative, practical ways to help improve health care quality, expand support and coverage, and help bend the cost curve. 

About Cub Foods
Cub Foods offers customers the freshest produce, widest selection and food expertise throughout the store to meet their everyday grocery needs. In addition to innovative local, ethnic and organic food sections, Cub stores offer shoppers multiple in-store services including fresh bakery, full-service deli and meat departments, pharmacy and banking. Cub Foods, based in Stillwater, Minnesota, was established in 1968 as one of the nation’s first discount grocery stores. The organization was purchased in 1980 by SUPERVALU and currently operates 67 stores in Minnesota and Illinois.

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. Visit for more information. 

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