VANCOUVER, BC – (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – November 23, 2021 – Avricore Health Inc. (TSXV: AVCR, OTC: AVCRF) (“Avricore Health” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the signing of a non-exclusive, pilot supplier distribution agreement in Canada between HealthTab™ Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary, and Abbott, the global healthcare company, with respect to the handheld blood chemistry analyzer, i-STAT Alinity.
The agreement allows HealthTab to distribute Abbott’s point-of-care i-STAT Alinity and its associated tests for creatinine in Canadian pharmacies to better support patients with important information about their renal function.
“Understanding renal function in patients at risk from or already living with chronic disease is critical,” said Hector Bremner, CEO of Avricore Health. “With i-STAT Alinity and its associated test for creatinine, healthcare professionals can obtain results in approximately two minutes to detect elevated levels of creatinine that are associated with abnormal renal function.”
Bringing high-quality point-of-care testing to pharmacists, HealthTab deployed Afinion 2 in select Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies earlier this year as part of an initiative to screen for and support patients living with diabetes. Also available as part of the in-pharmacy platform is Abbott’s ID NOW product, a molecular point-of-care instrument offering real-time detection of viruses, including COVID-19, RSV and influenza.
HealthTab™ is a turnkey point-of-care testing solution that combines best-in-class point-of-care technologies with a secure, cloud-based platform for tackling pressing global health issues. With just a few drops of blood from a finger prick, the system generates lab-accurate results on the spot and data is reported in real time. The test menu includes up to 23 key biomarkers for screening and managing chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease (e.g., HbA1c, Lipid Profile, eGFR). HealthTab™ has also recently added capabilities for bacterial and viral tests, such as strep and COVID-19.
The HealthTab™ network model is unlike anything in pharmacy today. It gives knowledgeable and trusted pharmacists a greater role in primary care delivery, while empowering patients to take more control of their health. It also reduces costs and waiting times and provides many potential revenue streams including equipment leasing & consumables, direct access testing, disease prevention & management programs, sponsored health programs, decentralized clinical trials, real world data (RWD) sets, and third-party app integration through API.
About Avricore Health Inc.
Avricore Health Inc. (TSXV: AVCR) is a pharmacy service innovator focused on acquiring and developing early-stage technologies aimed at moving pharmacy forward. Through its flagship offering HealthTab™, a wholly owned subsidiary, the company’s mission is to make actionable health information more accessible to everyone by creating the world’s largest network of rapid testing devices in community pharmacies.
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