Walgreens preps patients for Hurricane Irene

Offers tips to customers in case of emergency

DEERFIELD, Ill. — As officials across the East Coast closely monitor the approach of Hurricane Irene, Walgreens on Thursday afternoon released several tips for assuring prescription needs are met for those potentially impacted by the storm.

In the event of evacuation, patients should proceed to a safe location first and refill any medications at the nearest pharmacy. That allows patients to avoid potentially long lines at their local pharmacy, and they won't needlessly delay any evacuation.

Patients should also pack their current medications in a waterproof bag — even if the bottle is empty. The information on the prescription label will help a pharmacist refill the medicine once they've arrived at their destination. Heat, humidity and sunlight can degrade the effectiveness of medicine.

Other suggestions included keeping a written record of current prescriptions with other valuable papers, including information on current dosage and doctor's contact information. Walgreens patients can register online at Walgreens.com and print out this information directly from their patient profile, the pharmacy operator noted.

Users of Web-enabled cell phones can also register for Walgreens mobile applications to order prescription refills while on the go and locate the nearest pharmacy.

Walgreens also is a member of ICERx.org (In Case of Emergency Prescriptions), a secure prescription information network available to pharmacists and doctors during a national emergency. As a member, Walgreens pharmacists can fill prescriptions and access information for hurricane-affected patients even if the patient normally uses another pharmacy.

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