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Continuous Glucose Monitors: Meet the Abbott FreeStyle Libre 3 CGM

Continuous Glucose Monitors: Meet the Abbott FreeStyle Libre 3 CGM

January 24, 2024

Living with diabetes can be challenging, but new technologies are making it easier to take care of our health. Abbott has introduced the FreeStyle Libre 3 Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) system. The FreeStyle Libre 3 system is a 14-day2 continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system with real-time alarms* that let you know the minute your glucose is too low or too high. In this article, we’ll explore what makes the FreeStyle Libre 3 unique and how it can make life with diabetes simpler and more comfortable.

Checking Your Blood Sugar Made Easy

The FreeStyle Libre 3 has a tiny sensor that goes under the skin to measure blood sugar. It’s like a magic tool that gives real-time information without needing to poke your finger. This thin sensor makes sure the readings are super accurate. With the FreeStyle Libre 3, you can check your blood sugar in just one second! All you have to do is swipe over the sensor, and you get your results fast. This makes it quick and simple to keep track of your blood sugar levels.

Small and Comfortable

The FreeStyle Libre 3 is designed to be small and discreet. It’s like a little secret helper that you can wear with confidence. The slim design makes it comfortable, so you won’t even notice it during your daily activities. Imagine not having to change the sensor every day. The FreeStyle Libre 3 can be worn for up to 14 days! This means you can keep monitoring your blood sugar without any interruptions, making it a hassle-free experience.

Easy Access to Your Data

The FreeStyle Libre 3 works with an app called LibreLink. It’s like having your health buddy on your phone. The app gives you all the information about your blood sugar trends and even lets you set alerts for personalized reminders.

Get a Heads-Up with Predictive Alerts

The FreeStyle Libre 3 is super smart. It can predict when your blood sugar might go too high or too low and gives you a heads-up. This helps you take action before any problems happen, keeping your blood sugar in check.

Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre 3 is like a smart friend that makes managing diabetes easier. With its tiny sensor, quick results, and extended wear, it’s designed with you in mind. The app on your phone keeps you in the loop, and the smart predictions help you stay ahead of the game. As technology keeps getting better, tools like the FreeStyle Libre 3 are making life with diabetes simpler and more manageable. So, take charge of your health with this cool and helpful device!


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Elevating Diabetes Care: Exploring the Power of Continuous Glucose Monitors

Elevating Diabetes Care: Exploring the Power of Continuous Glucose Monitors

January 24, 2024

At GEM Edwards Pharmacy, we understand the unique challenges individuals with diabetes face daily. Managing blood glucose levels is crucial, and advancements in technology have paved the way for revolutionary solutions. Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs) stand at the forefront of this innovation, providing real-time insights that empower individuals to take charge of their diabetes care journey. In this blog post, we delve into the transformative impact of CGMs and spotlight the role these devices play in elevating diabetes care at GEM Edwards Pharmacy.

At GEM Edwards Pharmacy, we understand the unique challenges individuals with diabetes face daily. Managing blood glucose levels is crucial, and advancements in technology have paved the way for revolutionary solutions. Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs) stand at the forefront of this innovation, providing real-time insights that empower individuals to take charge of their diabetes care journey. In this blog post, we delve into the transformative impact of CGMs and spotlight the role these devices play in elevating diabetes care at GEM Edwards Pharmacy.

  • Real-Time Glucose Monitoring: CGMs provide continuous, real-time data on glucose levels throughout the day and night. This allows users to have a more comprehensive understanding of how their blood sugar levels fluctuate over time.
  • Reduced Routine Fingerstick Testing: CGMs significantly reduce the need for frequent fingerstick testing. Instead of relying on intermittent blood glucose checks, users can access continuous data without the inconvenience of traditional testing methods.

  • Early Detection of Trends and Patterns: CGMs help users detect trends and patterns in their glucose levels, allowing for early identification of potential high or low blood sugar events. This proactive approach enables timely interventions to prevent extreme fluctuations.

  • Improved Treatment Adjustments: With continuous and real-time data, individuals and healthcare providers can make more informed decisions about insulin dosages and other diabetes management strategies. This leads to better control and optimization of treatment plans.

  • Customizable Alerts and Notifications: CGMs can be programmed to provide customizable alerts and notifications for high or low glucose levels. This feature empowers users to take prompt action based on their individual preferences and healthcare recommendations.

  • Data Sharing and Remote Monitoring: CGM systems often allow for data sharing with healthcare providers and caregivers. This enables remote monitoring, allowing healthcare professionals to provide timely advice and adjustments to the diabetes management plan.

  • Integration with Smart Devices and Apps: Many CGMs can be integrated with smartphones and other smart devices through dedicated apps. This facilitates easy access to glucose data, trends, and analysis, empowering users to stay actively engaged in their diabetes management.

Continuous Glucose Monitors are transforming diabetes care at GEM Edwards Pharmacy. In summary, Continuous Glucose Monitoring offers a range of benefits that enhance diabetes management, providing users with actionable insights, convenience, and improved overall well-being.


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Recognized as a Cleveland Plain Dealer Top Workplace for Fourth Consecutive Year

Recognized as a Cleveland Plain Dealer Top Workplace for Fourth Consecutive Year

June 26, 2023

Hudson, OHIO, June 25, 2023 – GEMCORE, a family of companies, has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2023 honor by The Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com, the Cleveland metro area newspaper. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage LLC. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization including alignment, execution, and connection, to name a few.

“We are honored by GEMCORE’s fourth consecutive appearance on The Cleveland Plain Dealer Top Workplaces list. This achievement is a testament to the unwavering dedication of our exceptional team who go above and beyond in serving our organization and, more importantly, our customers living with chronic health conditions,” said Matthew Edwards, CEO of GEMCORE. “We are thrilled to be recognized with this honor once again.”

With its four divisions — Edwards Health Care Services, GEMCO Medical, GemCare Wellness, and GEM Edwards Pharmacy — GEMCORE proudly offers a comprehensive suite of value-driven diabetes management solutions designed to lower healthcare costs, enhance efficiencies, and improve patients’ lives. The company employs over 260 dedicated professionals at its local headquarters and was ranked 19 in the Midsize Companies category. For the complete list of 2023 Top Workplace Winners, click here.

The Plain Dealer’s Top Workplaces list continues to reflect companies in the region that cultivate a connection with their workforce. This year’s Workplaces list ranks 433 companies, nonprofits, schools, and other employers. These organizations share a commitment to providing support and an environment that makes employees feel valued and respected.

“We are honored by GEMCORE’s fourth consecutive appearance on The Cleveland Plain Dealer Top Workplaces list. This achievement is a testament to the unwavering dedication of our exceptional team who go above and beyond in serving our organization and, more importantly, our customers living with chronic health conditions,” said Matthew Edwards, CEO of GEMCORE. “We are thrilled to be recognized with this honor once again.”

Matthew Edwards, GEMCORE’s CEO

About GEMCORE:

GEMCORE is a leading family of privately held companies specializing in diabetes management solutions, mail-order diabetes supplies, wholesale medical supplies, medications, specialty third-party logistics, and health coaching. Our comprehensive suite of value-driven solutions is designed to lower healthcare costs, enhance efficiencies, and improve patients’ lives. Headquartered in Hudson, Ohio, our company portfolio includes Edwards Health Care Services, GEMCO Medical, GemCare Wellness, and GEM Edwards Pharmacy.

For more information, visit www.gemcorehealth.com.


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GEM Edwards Pharmacy Earns NABP Digital Pharmacy Accreditation

GEM Edwards Pharmacy has been accredited by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) for digital pharmacy practice.

Hudson, OHIO – December 22, 2022

NABP’s Digital Pharmacy Accreditation signifies to patients, payers, and providers that the pharmacy organization is recognized for its commitment to quality health care and safe pharmacy practices over the internet. Digital Pharmacy Accreditation was created to recognize safe and legitimate pharmacies with an internet presence that stand out against the ever-growing list of rogue pharmacy websites. In addition to the thorough review process and on-site survey, GEM Edwards Pharmacy website was verified to review the pharmacy’s online presence and medication-related websites to ensure that they are properly licensed and follow applicable laws and business best practices.

“Earning NAPB’s Digital Pharmacy Accreditation demonstrates our unwavering commitment to providing patients and customers with the highest level of service and care,” said Justin Acri, PharmD – Vice President of Pharmacy. “We’re truly honored by this achievement and thank NAPB for this esteemed recognition.”

“NABP congratulates GEM Edwards Pharmacy on achieving this important recognition,” says NABP Executive Director/Secretary Lemrey “Al” Carter, PharmD, MS, RPh. “By earning Digital Pharmacy Accreditation, they demonstrate their commitment to providing patients with safe access to high-quality health care.”


About the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) is the impartial professional organization that supports its member regulatory state boards of pharmacy in creating uniform regulations to protect public health. Founded in 1904, NABP aims to ensure the public’s health and safety through its pharmacist competence assessment programs, license transfer and verification services, as well as through pharmacy inspection and accreditation programs. For more information, please visit www.nabp.pharmacy.


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GEMCORE Starts Yearlong Anniversary Celebration to Mark 30 Years in Business

GEMCORE Starts Yearlong Anniversary Celebration to Mark 30 Years in Business

Hudson, OHIO – January 24, 2022 – GEMCORE™, a family of companies, starts its year-long celebration to recognize 30 years in business. Throughout 2022, GEMCORE will share details on its rich history and recognize its team of dedicated employees through events and activities.

From humble beginnings in a family home to a 130,000-square foot headquarters and seven branch locations, GEMCORE is now an industry leader in diabetes management solutions, providing supplies, medications, and health coaching to patients nationwide.

“To solve the problem of patient access to medical supplies, my parents, Ed and Toni Edwards, created a mail-order company out of their basement in 1992,” GEMCORE CEO Matt Edwards explained. “30 years later, we’re still in the mail-order business with a patient-first emphasis, and we’ve expanded well beyond and now have multiple business units. We can pack and ship everything from diabetes equipment, supplies, and medications directly to patients; we provide third-party logistics and wholesale medical supplies; and we have an entire business unit dedicated to counseling and educating patients on how to improve their health while living with chronic conditions.”

Devotion to the patient doesn’t diminish the importance of employees, according to Edwards. In the past few years, GEMCORE has been recognized for its dedication to its employees, customers, and industry partners through many awards, including the Weatherhead 100 Centurion Award, Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Company, and Top Workplace from the Cleveland Plain Dealer. These awards only tell part of the story.

“We are proud of our growth, of course, but it’s not about commercial success, it’s about improving the health of every person we touch,” Edwards said. “We are incredibly grateful to our 375 employees who made our mission theirs and who ultimately made us what we are today. Without their hard work, passion, and relentless drive, we never would have made it 30 years and counting!”

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About GEMCORE:

Headquartered in Hudson, Ohio, GEMCORE is a family of companies providing high quality, clinically proven, top branded medical products, medications, and innovative solutions from product fulfillment to home delivery. We work directly with patients, insurance plans, healthcare providers, manufacturers, and other partners to help lower operational costs, improve efficiencies, and increase profitability with cost-effective, results-driven solutions that ultimately improve patients’ lives. The family of companies includes Edwards Health Care ServicesGEMCO MedicalGemCare Wellness, and GEM Edwards Pharmacy. Learn more at www.gemcorehealth.com.



ACHC Accreditation

GEM Edwards Pharmacy Earns Accreditation with ACHC

Hudson, OH — November 19, 2020:  GEM Edwards Pharmacy is pleased to announce it has received ACHC accreditation status for its mail order pharmacy services by Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC).

Accreditation by ACHC reflects GEM Edwards Pharmacy’s dedication to excellence in meeting standards that facilitate a higher level of performance and patient care. Achieving accreditation is a rigorous process where healthcare organizations must demonstrate compliance with national standards showcasing its commitment to patient care.

“Obtaining our ACHC accreditation shows our commitment to excellence to our patients, insurance providers, and regulatory agencies that we have the systems in place to accurately and safely deliver cost-effective medications.”

Justin Acri, Director of GEM Edwards Pharmacy

“We are very excited and proud of this recent accreditation,” said Justin Acri, PharmD, Director of GEM Edwards Pharmacy. “Obtaining our ACHC accreditation shows our patients, insurance providers, and regulatory agencies that we have the systems in place to accurately and safely deliver cost-effective medications in a timely fashion to patients across the country.”

In addition to its ACHC accreditation status, GEM Edwards Pharmacy also holds accreditation from the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB), a quality accreditation designed for the compounding industry. For more information, please visit www.gemedwardspharmacy.com or contact us at 1-866-552-5522.


About Accreditation Commission for Health Care

ACHC is a nonprofit organization that has stood as a symbol of quality and excellence since 1986. ACHC has become synonymous with value, integrity, and the industry’s best customer service. Our mission is simple: We aim to deliver the best possible accreditation experience. ACHC is ISO 9001:2015 certified and has CMS deeming authority for Home Health, Hospice, and DMEPOS. Visit www.achc.org to learn more.



Recognized on Inc. 5000 List

GEMCORE Starts Yearlong Anniversary Celebration to Mark 30 Years in Business

Hudson, OHIO – January 24, 2022 – GEMCORE™, a family of companies, starts its year-long celebration to recognize 30 years in business. Throughout 2022, GEMCORE will share details on its rich history and recognize its team of dedicated employees through events and activities.

From humble beginnings in a family home to a 130,000-square foot headquarters and seven branch locations, GEMCORE is now an industry leader in diabetes management solutions, providing supplies, medications, and health coaching to patients nationwide.

“To solve the problem of patient access to medical supplies, my parents, Ed and Toni Edwards, created a mail-order company out of their basement in 1992,” GEMCORE CEO Matt Edwards explained. “30 years later, we’re still in the mail-order business with a patient-first emphasis, and we’ve expanded well beyond and now have multiple business units. We can pack and ship everything from diabetes equipment, supplies, and medications directly to patients; we provide third-party logistics and wholesale medical supplies; and we have an entire business unit dedicated to counseling and educating patients on how to improve their health while living with chronic conditions.”

Devotion to the patient doesn’t diminish the importance of employees, according to Edwards. In the past few years, GEMCORE has been recognized for its dedication to its employees, customers, and industry partners through many awards, including the Weatherhead 100 Centurion Award, Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Company, and Top Workplace from the Cleveland Plain Dealer. These awards only tell part of the story.

“We are proud of our growth, of course, but it’s not about commercial success, it’s about improving the health of every person we touch,” Edwards said. “We are incredibly grateful to our 375 employees who made our mission theirs and who ultimately made us what we are today. Without their hard work, passion, and relentless drive, we never would have made it 30 years and counting!”

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It’s an honor to be recognized by the Inc. 5000 and ranked alongside so many remarkably innovative businesses. We can’t thank our team enough for contributing to our amazing results.

Matthew Edwards, GEMCORE’s CEO

About GEMCORE:

Headquartered in Hudson, Ohio, GEMCORE is a family of companies providing high quality, clinically proven, top branded medical products, medications, and innovative solutions from product fulfillment to home delivery. We work directly with patients, insurance plans, healthcare providers, manufacturers, and other partners to help lower operational costs, improve efficiencies, and increase profitability with cost-effective, results-driven solutions that ultimately improve patients’ lives. The family of companies includes Edwards Health Care ServicesGEMCO MedicalGemCare Wellness, and GEM Edwards Pharmacy. Learn more at www.gemcorehealth.com.



2020 Top Workplaces by Cleveland Plain Dealer

GEMCORE Starts Yearlong Anniversary Celebration to Mark 30 Years in Business

It’s an honor to be recognized by the Inc. 5000 and ranked alongside so many remarkably innovative businesses. We can’t thank our team enough for contributing to our amazing results.

Matthew Edwards, GEMCORE’s CEO

About GEMCORE:

Headquartered in Hudson, Ohio, GEMCORE is a family of companies providing high quality, clinically proven, top branded medical products, medications, and innovative solutions from product fulfillment to home delivery. We work directly with patients, insurance plans, healthcare providers, manufacturers, and other partners to help lower operational costs, improve efficiencies, and increase profitability with cost-effective, results-driven solutions that ultimately improve patients’ lives. The family of companies includes Edwards Health Care ServicesGEMCO MedicalGemCare Wellness, and GEM Edwards Pharmacy. Learn more at www.gemcorehealth.com.



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GEMCORE Starts Yearlong Anniversary Celebration to Mark 30 Years in Business


About GEMCORE:

Headquartered in Hudson, Ohio, GEMCORE is a family of companies providing high quality, clinically proven, top branded medical products, medications, and innovative solutions from product fulfillment to home delivery. We work directly with patients, insurance plans, healthcare providers, manufacturers, and other partners to help lower operational costs, improve efficiencies, and increase profitability with cost-effective, results-driven solutions that ultimately improve patients’ lives. The family of companies includes Edwards Health Care ServicesGEMCO MedicalGemCare Wellness, and GEM Edwards Pharmacy. Learn more at www.gemcorehealth.com.



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GEMCORE Starts Yearlong Anniversary Celebration to Mark 30 Years in Business