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Grocery Chain May Offer Diagnosis, Treatment For Common Illnesses

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - When it comes to a flu or strep throat diagnosis, it could become as easy as going to the grocery store.

Meijer is running a 9-month study in 27 pharmacies across Michigan to see if diagnosis, treatment and medication for common illnesses can be done successfully in one place.

Eight Meijer stores in December have started offering free flu and strep tests and as of last week, less than a dozen Michiganders were tested at Meijer pharmacies. The free flu and strep testing could help physicians focus on patients who need more serious care.

"It's very exciting for the pharmacy profession first of all. And it's also going to help out the physicians. We're going to assist in some of their case load. And keep some of these sick patients out of the waiting room so that they're not around their real complicated patients who have diabetes or heart disease and theyre able to spend time with them," said Wendy Aldrich, the clinical services pharmacist for mid-Michigan Meijers.

The Meijer on West Saginaw Highway and on West Grand River Avenue will offer the testing now through August 2014.

If the study is successful, it could be adopted at Meijer stores across the company.

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