DEERFIELD, Ill., October 05, 2016 - Walgreens is underscoring the importance of prescription preparedness for its pharmacy patients in areas that may be impacted by Hurricane Matthew, currently threatening the southeastern U.S.
The company is offering the following tips for assuring prescription needs are met for those potentially impacted by the storm.
1. Follow evacuation orders. Get to a safe location first and refill your medications at the nearest pharmacy. This allows you to avoid potentially long lines at your local pharmacy, and you won’t need to needlessly delay your evacuation. Walgreens has nearly 8,200 locations nationwide and all locations can access a patient’s records, making any Walgreens your neighborhood Walgreens. Individuals can also use the Walgreens mobile app to refill prescriptions and pick up at a nearby pharmacy. Patients can find the nearest Walgreens store by visiting Walgreens.com, through the Walgreens mobile app or by calling 1-800-WALGREENS.
2. Take a waterproof bag with your current medication – even if the bottle is empty. The information on the prescription label will help pharmacy staff with refill requests. Heat, humidity and sunlight can degrade the effectiveness of medicine, so try to protect it from extreme weather conditions.
3. Keep a written record of your current prescriptions in your valuable papers files. If you are taking several prescription drugs, it’s an especially good idea to keep a record of your current dosage and doctor’s contact information. Walgreens patients can register online at Walgreens.com and print out this information directly from their patient profile.
As Walgreens locations temporarily close due to the hurricane, the company will work to reopen those locations as soon as possible.
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation's largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens omnichannel business includes Walgreens.com and VisionDirect.com. More than 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.