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CVS reopens 32 Louisiana locations following Gustav

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS Caremark announced on Thursday that it has reopened 64 locations in Louisiana since Hurricane Gustav swept through the state, and it is donating supplies to local communities impacted by the storm.

All of the pharmacy locations in Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and the Florida panhandle are open.

“CVS/pharmacy is pleased to do its part to assist with the hurricane relief effort,” stated Denny Tewell, area vice president for Louisiana. “Thousands of Louisiana residents have had no access to basic goods such as water, ice and diapers. We hope these donations will help our communities recover from Hurricane Gustav.”

As part of the relief efforts, the company is donating ice and water to local residents in select stores in Baton Rouge on Thursday and in Baton Rouge, Houma and Kenner on Friday. Two bags of ice and two gallons of water per person at each location will be available while supplies last.

In addition, it is also donating more than 5,000 Playskool Baby Care brand diapers and more than 14,000 baby wipes to Save the Children for their Hurricane Gustav relief efforts in Louisiana.

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Safeway raises $9.7 million for muscular dystrophy

BY Doug Desjardins

PLEASANTON, Calif. Safeway customers and employees helped the supermarket chain raise $9.7 million to help fight muscular dystrophy during an August fund-raiser.

Safeway raised the funds through donations made at checkout registers in 1,700 Safeway stores in the U.S. and Canada. A portion of proceeds from some products sold in stores was also donated. With the August funds, Safeway has raised nearly $42 million for muscular dystrophy with its month-long fundraisers.

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Walgreens offers consumers advice in case of evacuations

BY DSN STAFF

DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens has published a short list of suggestions for anyone in areas affected by potential hurricanes, such as Tropical Storm Gustav, which, at press time, was heading toward the Gulf of Mexico and threatening to turn into a hurricane.

While the advice was simple, it may make a big difference for prescription medication takers who have to be evacuated:

  1. Fill the medication only after arriving at a safe location.
  2. Carry the medication in a waterproof bag.
  3. Keep a written record of all prescriptions in an “important papers” file.

Walgreens emphasized in step 2 that all prescription bottles should be taken, even if empty. The information on the bottle label will help any pharmacist refill the medicine. Heat, humidity and sunlight can degrade the effectiveness of medicine, so Walgreens reminded consumers to protect it from extreme weather conditions.

The company also reminded consumers that Walgreens’ patients could register online at Walgreens.com and print out prescription information directly from their patient profile. Walgreens operates 6,356 drugstores in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

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