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CVS/pharmacy readies stores to help customers affected by hurricane Isaac

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — As hurricane Isaac bears down on the Gulf Coast area, CVS/pharmacy has announced that, while complying with any mandatory evacuation order given by local officials, it is keeping its stores in affected areas open for as long as possible and stocking them with such storm preparedness items as water, batteries, flashlights and other products to help in an emergency.

Any stores that close because of the storm will reopen as soon as safely possible, the company said. CVS/pharmacy is also preparing to assist with storm recovery efforts in its communities and is keeping 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 such resources as My Pharmacy, where patients can 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. Prescription management services also are 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 has offered 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 7,300 locations nationwide; and

  • Create an emergency kit and make sure you have all essentials in case of power outages, including bottled water, masking tape and batteries.

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Facebook fans can print their tagged photo memories with new Walgreens app

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Tuesday announced a new application built into Facebook that allows desktop computer users to print their favorite photos, complete with likes and comments, at any Walgreens location nationwide as part of a feature called PrintWorthy.

“At Walgreens, we are providing customers with more creative ways to share special moments with friends and family,” Walgreens director of digital marketing and emerging media Rich Lesperance said. “Users now can preserve the social comments around their favorite photos, which is a powerful part of the Facebook experience, while enjoying the lasting memories that a printed photo provides.”

With the “Photo by Walgreens” app, Facebook users can print photos that include all the context that comes with a photo on Facebook, including location, description, who was in the photo as well as likes and comments posted by friends.

“Considering that more than 300 million photos are uploaded to Facebook every day, there are many PrintWorthy photos out there,” said Jasbir Patel, Walgreens senior director and GMM photo and e-commerce. “By offering printed photos available at any of our conveniently located stores in as little as an hour, Walgreens is encouraging people to use social media images in more unique, memorable ways.”

Facebook users can find the application by searching the terms Walgreens or “Photo by Walgreens” within the social media site and simply authorize the icon “Photo by Walgreens” within their page. Each 5×7 PrintWorthy card normally costs $2.99.

Earlier this year, Walgreens introduced QuickPrints through its iPhone and Android applications, allowing mobile users to directly print photos from their smartphone to any of the 7,919 Walgreens stores nationwide in about an hour. Starting in July, Walgreens released the QuickPrints SDK for iPhone and Android devices, allowing third party developers to integrate the service within their existing mobile applications and share revenue from photo orders sent for printing at Walgreens.

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Walgreens offers customers medication prep advice for hurricane Isaac

BY Allison Cerra

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is underscoring the importance of medication preparedness to its customers that may be impacted by hurricane Isaac, which is on path for the Gulf Coast.

If patients are worried about gaining access to their prescription medications, the drug store chain said it 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.

Additionally, smartphone users can register for Walgreens mobile applications to order prescription refills while on the go and locate the nearest Walgreens pharmacy. Customers with smartphones also can utilize Walgreens prescription refill-by-scan feature by scanning the bar code on their pill bottle with their phones. Customers can send the prescription refill to their nearest pharmacy and receive a text message alert when it’s ready to pick up.

Walgreens also offered the following tips to patients:

  • Customers should get to a safe location and refill their medication at the nearest pharmacy. Walgreens stores nationwide can access patient records; and

  • Take a waterproof bag with your current medication — even if the bottle is empty. The information on the prescription label will help the pharmacist refill medicine once a patient arrives at their destination. Heat, humidity and sunlight can degrade the effectiveness of medicine, Walgreens noted; and

  • Walgreens encourages customers to keep a written record of current prescriptions, including current dosage and doctor’s contact information, in a valuable papers file. Walgreens patients can register online at Walgreens.com and print out this information directly from their patient profile.

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