New CDC guide outlines National Diabetes Prevention Program for pharmacies

Program offers multiple opportunities for pharmacy staff to fight diabetes in their communities

Getting involved in diabetes prevention just became easier for community pharmacists and pharmacy staff. A new guide published by CDC, “Rx for the National Diabetes Prevention Program Action Guide for Community Pharmacists,” outlines how pharmacists and pharmacy staff can identify people in their communities who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes and who could benefit from the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) lifestyle change program. The guide, developed by CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation in collaboration with pharmacists and pharmacy partners nationwide, including APhA, describes the National DPP and includes tips for raising awareness of prediabetes and the National DPP, screening and testing for prediabetes, referring patients to a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program in the National DPP, and delivering the lifestyle change program.

The National DPP is a 1-year program offered in person, online, or both, wherein participants are taught by a trained lifestyle coach. It focuses on behavioral change to improve healthy eating, increase physical activity, and manage stress, and provides participants with peer support. Pharmacists and pharmacy staff can participate in one or more of three tiers in the program, and the guide provides both case studies to illustrate each tier and guidance on where each member of the pharmacy team (pharmacists, technicians, residents, and students) may fit from a DPP sustainability perspective.