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Kroger Health Launches Clinical Trial Site Network

Kroger Health, the healthcare division of the large grocery chain, announced Tuesday that it has launched a clinical trial site network.

The company said it will work with trial sponsors, contract research organizations and health systems to conduct clinical trials in select Kroger pharmacies and clinics. It will also use virtual care and digital health tools to ensure patient enrollment in clinical trials.

Along with the announcement, Kroger revealed that its first clinical trial is currently recruiting patients. The company is working with Persephone Biosciences on a study that aims to find microbiome-based biomarkers that may indicate colorectal cancer. Kroger said it will enroll an initial group of 55 people, but it plans to expand to new locations with more participants over the next year.

“With our team of more than 24,000 health professionals, under the US Grocery umbrella, we are positioned at the nexus of food and healthcare, which gives us a unique opportunity to expand access to clinical trial opportunities ,” Colleen Lindholz, Kroger Health president, said in a statement. “As a trusted community healthcare destination, we envision a future where our work transforms the clinical trial landscape and provides expanded testing access to the people we serve.”

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Other retail outlets have started offering their own clinical trials, arguing that they can improve access and diversity in clinical research.

In 2021, CVS Health announced its clinical trial services business, which will serve to recruit patients, help run studies, and generate real-world evidence. Early last year, CVS announced a partnership with Medable, a decentralized clinical trial company, to power its services.

Walgreens is too announced its business move into the clinical trial space over the summer. The company said it will use both in-person and virtual care as well as technology resources to carry out the study.

Retail players like Walgreens, CVS, Walmart and Amazon are growing rapidly Pushing into care delivery. Kroger’s Lindholz told Healthcare IT News that pharmacists can play a larger role in working with patients, including educating on chronic conditions, coaching on smoking cessation or dietary compliance, and discussing disease prevention strategies.

“Despite the average American living within five miles of a pharmacy, pharmacists are one of the most underutilized health care resources in their communities. The good news is that we are seeing a change in the perception of pharmacists that goes beyond drug dispensing, ” He said. “Taking advantage of their exceptional training and education, pharmacists are poised to become the core of community healthcare.”

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