Rx Response prepared for hurricane season

May 31, 2013

With forecasters predicting an active 2013 hurricane season, Rx Response is reminding disaster-response officials and the public of its two programs designed to keep the pharmaceutical pipeline uninterrupted during emergencies.

With forecasters predicting an active 2013 hurricane season, Rx Response is reminding disaster-response officials and the public of its two programs designed to keep the pharmaceutical pipeline uninterrupted during emergencies.

Rx Open identifies pharmacies that are open for business in areas impacted by natural disasters and emergencies. Rx on the Run is an online tool through which patients can store information about their prescriptions and contact information for medical providers. The information can be printed on a wallet-sized card, and is invaluable when trying to replace or refill medications when an empty prescription bottle is not available.

“Hurricanes can impact communities in many adverse ways and one of the most serious impacts is when severe weather threatens access to medication,” said Rx Response Director Erin Mullen, RPh, PharmD, CEM. “We urge citizens living in hurricane-prone areas to visit www.RxOpen.org after a storm hits to identify where they can get prescriptions filled. We also encourage citizens to be ready for this year’s hurricane season by filling out an Rx on the Run prescription medication card today.”

Following last year’s Hurricane Sandy, Rx Open helped victims identify over 10,000 pharmacies open for business across an 11-state area.