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The Associated Press reports that "Walgreen Co. has expanded the reach of its drugstore clinics beyond treating ankle sprains and sinus infections to handling chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure." According to the story, Walgreen now "will diagnose, treat and monitor patients with some chronic conditions that are typically handled by doctors," but now will be facilitated by nurse practitioners or physician assistants.

The AP notes that the new approach is not universally popular: "Drugstores say they don’t aim to replace doctors, but rather to provide more people with access to health care and work with physicians as part of a team treating patients. But the move to provide more complex care has drawn concern from doctors who say that can disrupt their relationships with patients and lead to fragmented care."
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