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Walgreens to customers: Protect your Rxs from Hurricane Earl

BY Allison Cerra

DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens is offering safety tips to East Coasters dealing with Hurricane Earl.

Walgreens 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 members, Walgreens pharmacists can fill prescriptions and access information for hurricane-affected patients even if the patient normally uses another pharmacy.

The drug store chain also offered the following tips to customers:

  • If you evacuate, get to a safe location first and refill your medication at a pharmacy there. This allows you to avoid potentially long lines at your local pharmacy, and you won’t needlessly delay your evacuation. Patients can find the nearest store by calling 1-800-WALGREENS or going to Walgreens.com;
  • Take a waterproof bag with your current medication — even if the bottle is empty. The information on the bottle 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;
  • Keep a written record of your current prescriptions in your 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. Walgreens patients can register online at Walgreens.com and print out this information directly from their patient profile; and
  • Users of Web-enabled cell phones also can register for Walgreens mobile applications to conveniently order prescription refills while on the go and easily locate the nearest Walgreens pharmacy. For registration or more information on Walgreens mobile applications, visit Walgreens.com/GoMobile.

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FDA approves Sun’s generic Strattera

BY Allison Cerra

MUMBAI, India A generic drug maker has received regulatory approval for its version of an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder treatment.

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries’ subsidiary has received approval to market its generic version of Strattera (atomoxetine hydrochloride capsules), an ADHD drug for children ages 6 years and older, as well as teens and adults. Strattera is made and marketed by Eli Lilly.

Annual sales of branded and generic atomoxetine hydrochloride capsules are estimated to be more than $530 million.

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Weis Markets announces immunization offerings

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. Weis Markets on Tuesday announced it would begin offering flu shots in its in-store pharmacies starting this week. The shots will be administered by its trained and certified pharmacist immunizers through the company’s WeisCare Adult Immunization Services program.

“With our certified pharmacist immunizers, it has never been easier to get a flu shot in a Weis Markets’ store; walk-up immunizations are now available in our pharmacies, and we’re also offering our WeisCare Adult Immunization services to businesses and senior centers in the communities that we serve,” Jeff Maltese, Weis Markets’ VP pharmacy, stated.

The shots are available at Weis Markets’ 120 in-store pharmacies and are available to those 18 years of age and older. For most senior citizens, flu shots are covered by Medicare Part B and Part D. Every flu shot recipient also will receive a money-saving coupon booklet valued at $37, the grocer stated.

Weis Markets pharmacies also offer immunization services for pneumonia, shingles, meningitis, tetanus/diptheria/whooping cough and hepatitis A and B per state regulation.

Later in the fall, Weis Markets also will host 65 flu-shot clinics in its stores.

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