PHARMACY

CVS/pharmacy helping customers prepare for Hurricane Sandy

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — As Hurricane Sandy makes landfall today, CVS/pharmacy has announced that, while complying with any mandatory evacuation orders given by local officials, it is keeping its stores in affected areas open for as long as possible. CVS is also deploying generators throughout affected markets as needed to provide power to key store locations in the event of power outages.

CVS/pharmacy is also keeping stores stocked with storm preparedness items such as water, batteries, flashlights and other products to help in an emergency. Any stores that close due to the storm will reopen as soon as safely possible.

The company is also prepared to assist with storm recovery efforts in its communities and will keep in close contact with the American Red Cross to offer support in affected areas as needed once the storm passes.

Customers can access their prescription information at the Pharmacy section of CVS.com, with resources such as My Pharmacy, where patients can easily view all of their prescriptions and manage refills, and a Drug Information Center where they can ensure medications can be taken together and view descriptive images of each prescribed pill, the pharmacy retailer stated.  Prescription management services are also available at CVS/pharmacy’s mobile website, m.cvs.com, and through CVS/pharmacy’s iPhone and Android mobile apps.

When preparing for a hurricane or other serious weather event, CVS/pharmacy is offering customers the following tips:

  • Create a plan for evacuating and finding a safe destination;
  • Keep a written record of your current prescriptions with you at all times, or create an online record at CVS.com. This is especially important if you take multiple prescriptions;
  • In the event of an emergency when you are away from home, find a pharmacy nearby to fill necessary prescriptions. CVS/pharmacy can fill its customers’ prescriptions at any of its 7,400 locations nationwide; and
  • Create an emergency kit and make sure you have all essentials in case of power outages. CVS/pharmacy has the necessities for a hurricane kit including bottled water, masking tape and batteries.

 

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Rite Aid stocks extra emergency supplies for Hurricane Sandy

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. – Rite Aid is stocking extra emergency supplies and keeping its pharmacies open as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast, the retail pharmacy chain said.

The company said that stores in the potential path of the storm had increased supplies of bottled water, flashlights, batteries, canned food for people and pets, first aid supplies, disposable cameras, duct tape and cleaning supplies.

Rite Aid also said prescriptions could be filled at any of its stores using its national pharmacy network. Pharmacists will be available to answer questions and assist people with medication needs and help them prepare for the storm. 

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