Diabetes is a condition that may lead to blindness, amputation, kidney failure, and death if not treated properly. Gibbs Pharmacy is dedicated to providing tools that may prevent complications resulting from diabetes.
Glucose meters and supplies
Our pharmacy carries a wide selection of meters and supplies that fit each diabetic patient's needs. Our staff member, Jenny Powell, has specialized training in caring for the specific needs of diabetics and can provide meter training if needed.
Jenny Powell, Gibbs Pharmacy's trained Diabetes Paraprofessional, is available by appointment to counsel patients on meter training and use. They are both trained Medicare billing specialists and are knowledgeable of the Medicare requirements for paid services. We currently provide the Glucocard Expression meter for our Medicare patients. Medicare will pay for 80 percent of the testing supply costs. If a patient has supplemental medical insurance, it will take care of the other 20 percent. Our trained staff teaches each patient how to properly use this meter. The meter is very user-friendly. The meter will say the blood glucose reading out loud, which is great for those that are visually impaired. The meter keeps the patient’s blood glucose log but can also be imported and sent to the physician’s office. This is a seamless way to assure that the physician and Medicare are on the same page as the pharmacy and the patient.
Patients can call our store at 615-449-3355 and ask Jenny to schedule a one-on-one meeting. Jenny has been trained by the Doctor Comfort experts in the fitting of diabetic shoes. She may assist each patient in selecting a pair of shoes from many styles and colors. Remember, Medicare pays for one pair of specially designed shoes with a diagnosis of diabetes. Therapeutic shoe fitting is appointments only.
Gibbs Pharmacy offers complimentary glucose testing via glucose monitors to interested parties. Hemoglobin A1C tests are also available. This valuable tool measures glucose levels over a period of 3 months. Fasting is not required. This test is not covered on insurance in the pharmacy. The charge is $30.00.
Jenny and Jazmin Valentin, PharmD offer specialized diabetes education courses to patients of all ages. Jazmin has constructed a curriculum following the American Association of Diabetes Education guidelines to teach our patients how to manage their condition. We have seen many patients who have lowered A1Cs and report success from their new healthy lifestyle at the completion of the course. We document each encounter, monitor the patient’s needs, and follow up with their healthcare provider about the patient's care plan. Our education program also offers online support with recipes and exercise resources powered by StrandRx. The Gibbs Pharmacy educators offer in-store grocery shopping guidance, neuropathy support, pre-diabetes education, and local health and wellness resources. Many endocrinologists require a diabetes education course as a prerequisite to your first office visit. If you need diabetes education, please request a written prescription and your labs from your primary care physician and give us a call. We will find the perfect day that works for you!