Walgreens mobilizes in advance of Hurricane Florence

Walgreens reports that it is taking steps to help customers, team members, and communities prepare for the potential effects of Hurricane Florence. The company's proactive measures will focus on prescription drug preparedness, customer support, and relief and recovery.

Walgreens reports that it is taking steps to help customers, team members, and communities prepare for the potential effects of Hurricane Florence. The company's proactive measures will focus on prescription drug preparedness, customer support, and relief and recovery. With a state of emergency declared in parts of North Carolina and South Carolina, pharmacists there can refill medications up to a 30-day supply without requiring a prescriber's refill authorization for any non-controlled substance. Walgreens is also setting up temporary mobile pharmacies near the region that can be deployed, if needed to pharmacies that may be damaged or unable to reopen promptly. In addition, the company has ready emergency power generators that can be sent to stores in areas hit by power outages. As of September 12, some 80 Walgreens locations had temporarily closed as the storm approaches; Walgreens will work to reopen those stores as soon as possible. "Walgreens is fully mobilizing to support the health and wellness needs of our customers and communities facing this dangerous storm," said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of operations. "We urge our patients and customers to follow evacuation orders and get to a safe location first and then refill medications at the nearest pharmacy."