Rite Aid stocks extra emergency supplies for Hurricane Sandy
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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Walgreens releases preparation advice as East Coast braces for Hurricane Sandy
DEERFIELD, Ill. — As officials across the East Coast closely monitor the approach of Hurricane Sandy, Walgreens and Duane Reade on Saturday offered several preparation tips to ensure uninterrupted access to prescription medications.
For evacuees, Walgreens suggested that consumers leave first and refill later at a pharmacy close to their evacuation area. "This allows you to avoid potentially long lines at your local pharmacy, and you won’t needlessly delay your evacuation," Walgreens advised.
Walgreens also advised patients to take a waterproof bag with all current medication — even if the bottle is empty. "The information on the prescription label will help the pharmacist refill your medicine once you arrive at your destination. Heat, humidity and sunlight can degrade the effectiveness of medicine, so try to protect it from extreme weather conditions," Walgreens noted.
And patients should keep a written record of their current prescriptions in a valuable papers file. "If you’re taking several prescription drugs, it’s an especially good idea to keep a record of your current dosage and doctor’s contact information," the retailer noted. "Walgreens patients can register online at Walgreens.com and print out this information directly from their patient profile."
With the advent of smartphones and tablets, smartphone users can now register for Walgreens mobile applications to order prescription refills while on the go. Customers with smartphones also can utilize Walgreens prescription refill-by-scan feature by scanning the bar code on their pill bottle with their phones.
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.
And Walgreens collaborates with Rx Response, an initiative of the biopharmaceutical supply system, to help ensure patient access to medications following a natural disaster.
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New York pharmacist wins Health Mart diabetes award
NEW YORK — The owner of an independent pharmacy in New York has won a national award for his diabetes education and counseling efforts.
Ronald Del Gaudio, a graduate of Long Island University’s College of Pharmacy, also known as LIU Pharmacy, and the owner of Kings Pharmacy in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, has won the Health Mart Diabetes Care Excellence Award from the independent pharmacy franchise company, the university said. Kings Pharmacy, a member of Health Mart, includes two pharmacies in Brooklyn and one in Manhattan.
Del Gaudio, who graduated from the university in 1979, serves on the LIU Pharmacy’s council of overseers and was a recipient of its Distinguished Alumni Award. He is also a member of the board of the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York and current president of the Brooklyn-Queens, N.Y., chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
"Ron is an innovator and leader in the profession of pharmacy," LIU Pharmacy dean David Taft said. "This award recognizes the positive impact he makes on his patients and his community in diabetes management and awareness. I am delighted to see one of our most distinguished alumni honored in this way."
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