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Walgreens mobilizes ahead of Hurricane Michael

BY DSN STAFF

Walgreens on Tuesday announced that it was preparing its customers, employees and communities in the expected path of Hurricane Michael ahead of it making landfall, including plans to support areas impacted in the aftermath of the storm.

Walgreens said that it was emphasizing the importance of prescription preparedness for patients in areas that are expected to be impacted. With a state of emergency declared in parts of Florida, Walgreens said pharmacists can refill up to a 30-day supply of medication without refill authorization for any non-controlled substance. It also noted that patients should carry their medications in a waterproof bag, even if a bottle is empty, as label information can assist in a refill request.

Additionally, the company is staging mobile pharmacies near the region that it said it would deploy if necessary to damaged drug stores, as well as emergency power generators for areas that lose power.

“We urge our patients and customers to follow state of emergency directives and if necessary get to a safe location first and then refill medications at the nearest pharmacy. Walgreens will continue to support the health and wellness needs of our customers and communities facing this dangerous storm,” said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of operations. “We have a dedicated team in our Emergency Operations Center working to ensure our team members in the storm’s path remain safe and are preparing to rapidly restore operations in order to best serve our patients and communities.”

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