Magazine article Drug Topics

Pharmacists Rally to Help Evacuees as Calif. Wildfires Rage

Magazine article Drug Topics

Pharmacists Rally to Help Evacuees as Calif. Wildfires Rage

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It didn't take long for the pharmacy community to respond to the needs of thousands of evacuees of the devastating wildfires that raged through San Diego last month.

Cathi Lord, spokeswoman for the California Pharmacists Association, told Drug Topics that several pharmacy owners and chain drugstores were working collaboratively throughout Southern California to assist patients in getting their medications. She went on to say that when an independent pharmacy was evacuated or closed for some other reason, the owners networked with one another to fill prescriptions from neighboring pharmacies.

At press time, Lord informed Drug Topics that "Costco and Target have been assisting patients who have been evacuated to Qualcomm Stadium. There are also members from our San Diego County Pharmacists Association who are coordinating pharmacists, technicians, and student pharmacists to assist patients with prescriptions at the Del Mar Race Track and Fairgrounds in San Diego. Many supplies have been donated from Sharp Memorial Hospital and various community organizations, while nurses, doctors, and pharmacists have worked together to serve the patients."

Pharmacists from the University of California at San Diego's Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences also pitched in by passing out medical supplies to evacuees at the Qualcomm Stadium.

CVS/pharmacy spokesman Mike DeAngelis told Drug Topics that during the first few days of the wildfires, there was minor exterior damage to a CVS pharmacy in Malibu and seven stores in the San Diego area were closed due to evacuation orders. He also reported that all other CVS stores in the area at the time that were open were able to fill prescriptions.

CVS also made a donation of more than $300,000 in supplies to assist with California fire relief efforts. A truckload of healthcare and personal care items was delivered to Qualcomm Stadium to aid evacuees sheltered there. CVS also established an emergency prescription delivery service to the stadium and said it would deliver a seven-day supply of prescription medications to about 300 evacuees identified by on-site medical personnel.

CVS was providing more than 9,200 ExtraCare Relief Kits, which contained almost two dozen personal care items each, to the American Red Cross for distribution to other shelters in San Diego. …

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