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Killer Twisters

Magazine article Drug Topics

Killer Twisters

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Two drugstores among the casualties as deadly tornadoes pound Oklahoma and Kansas

The monster tornadoes that ripped through Oklahoma earlier this month apparently seriously damaged only two drugstores that were in the swath of destruction that killed at least 44 people and reduced several communities near Oklahoma City to rubble.

The Walgreen Co. reported that one of its drugstores was put out of action in Moore, an Oklahoma City suburb. The half-milewide tornado ripped off the drugstore's roof and broke all the windows, said a spokeswoman. Plans called for a mobile pharmacy to be hauled to the site so that pharmacists could continue to dispense prescription drugs. The Deerfield, Ill., chain donated $10,000 to the Red Cross and gave away bottled water and first-aid supplies to tornado victims in the area.

An Eckerd Corp. drugstore in Moore also suffered roof damage and loss of product, according to a spokesman. Four employees lost their homes in the storms, and the Clearwater, Fla., chain has set up a relief fund for contributions from other Eckerd employees to help their colleagues. The chain also donated more than 5,200 gallons of bottled water and accepted donations from customers for distribution to relief organizations. …

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