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  • Patient testing has begun on the HealthTab platform in select Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies
  • Participating Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies will begin offering screening tests to patients with known conditions associated with pre-diabetes, or already identified as diabetic
  • More than 90 patients have been tested and over 600 results were reported over the initial trial period
  • With just a few drops of blood from a finger prick, the HealthTab system generates lab-accurate results on the spot
  • Avricore Health’s mission is to make health information accessible by creating the world’s largest network of rapid testing devices in community pharmacies
  • Avricore Health Inc. (AVCR) opened trading at C$0.16 per share

Avricore Health (AVCR) announces that patient testing has begun on the HealthTab platform in select Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies.

The participating Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies have now received their HealthTab systems and will begin offering screening tests to patients with known conditions associated with pre-diabetes, or already identified as diabetic, to provide diagnostic support and pharmacist-led consultation services.

“We are very excited to pilot Point of Care Testing with HealthTab and the Afinion 2 analyzer at select Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies,” said Frank Hack, Director of Complex Care at Shoppers Drug Mart.

“We are committed to improving access to care through our pharmacy network and enabling our pharmacists to drive improved patient outcomes by providing value added patient care services.”

In May 2021, Avricore signed a master agreement with Shoppers Drug Mart Inc. to pilot the HealthTab platform. This agreement allows patients access to point-of-care blood screening and health-data management for potential risks for developing diabetes and cardiovascular conditions through the HealthTab-integrated Afinion 2 analyzers by Abbott Rapid Diagnostics.

The program initially announced 11 locations, however, the agreement has since been updated to 15 locations. More than 90 patients have been tested and over 600 results were reported over the initial trial period. The program’s primary focus is to screen patients at risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Hector Bremner, Avricore Health CEO commented on the partnership with Shoppers Drug Mart.

“We could not be happier with the collaborative and progressive approach taken in this project with Shoppers Drug Mart. We are really excited to see the first patients’ feedback and ensuring they have the very best experience.”

In-store signage and print material will let customers know they are able to request HealthTab tests, and existing patients will be made aware through direct outreach from their Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist based on their health profile. Additionally, the first-ever third-party HealthTab advertising campaign will actively market the program publicly in the participating region.

As key milestones are accomplished, this initiative will continue to advance the company’s mission of making actionable health information more accessible for everyone by creating the world’s leading rapid testing network in pharmacy.

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.

Through its flagship offering HealthTab (a wholly owned subsidiary), Avricore Health’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.

Avricore Health Inc. (AVCR) opened trading at C$0.16 per share.

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