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Pine Plains Pharmacy Puts Patients First; Achieves Special Accreditation 

Pharmacists Nasir Mahmood and Timothy Dittenhoefer display the pharmacy’s new accreditation from the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists. Credit: Judith Wolff

Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network of New York (CPESN NY) announced on June 6 that the Pine Plains Pharmacy, owned by Nasir Mahmood, is among seven of their member pharmacies whose diabetes education program has received accreditation through the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (ADCES). There are only 28 pharmacies in New York that have received this prestigious accreditation.  

Diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate in the U.S: 37.3 million cases were documented by the CDC last year, 21,000 of those in Dutchess County. The New York State Department of Health has recognized and is promoting the value of pharmacists in educating their patients about diabetes, especially in areas of the state where access to health care is limited.  

In order to gain accreditation from the ADCES, pharmacist Mahmood took a rigorous year-long online course with subsequent testing mandated by the American Diabetes Association. To ensure that a qualified staff member is always available to help diabetic patients at the pharmacy, Mahmood required his son, pharmacist Rehan Mahmood, and two employees to complete the ADCES course.  

Pine Plains Pharmacy provides diabetic patient education, teaches how to give insulin injections and use glucose meters, including state-of-the-art continuous glucose monitors. Mahmood believes in teaching patients about their disease: “If diabetic patients could just understand their condition, know what makes their sugar go up, and that diet and exercise could help them avoid medication, it would make an enormous difference in their lives”. 

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