NEW ORLEANS — A coalition of drug and pharmacy organizations formed to address patients' medication needs during disasters is changing the name and Web address of its reporting system to make it easier to remember, the organization said Tuesday.
Rx Response announced Tuesday at the National Hurricane Conference in New Orleans that the Pharmacy Status Reporting Tool would change its name to Rx Open, accessible at RxOpen.org. The group was originally formed after Hurricane Katrina to ensure the continued flow of medicine to patients following disasters like hurricanes, terrorist attacks and pandemic influenza, and the PSRT was deployed in 11 states after the landfall of Hurricane Sandy.
"We are excited that our technology was able to make such an important difference for emergency managers and the citizens affected by Super Storm Sandy," Rx Response director Erin Mullen said. "To make this valuable resource even more accessible in future disasters, we're excited to introduce Rx Open. We are confident that this easy-to-remember name and corresponding web address will help make it even easier to get medicine to patients in times of emergency."
The group also introduced Rx on the Run, its new name for the Downloadable Prescription Medication Wallet Card, an online tool that enables patients to enter information about prescriptions and contact information for medical providers and print the information on a wallet-sized card.