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State of Patient Care and Humanitarian Aid Amid the California Wild Fires
Date:10/24/2007

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Association of Chain Drug Stores:

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) and community pharmacy join with our neighbors nationwide in sympathy, support, care and prayer for those affected by the tragic wild fires in California. We would like to provide information that might be helpful to those who are impacted by, or engaged with, this situation.

Most Pharmacies Open; ICERx Activated

We understand that most pharmacies are operational. Also, many NACDS member companies offer the capability for their patients to fill their prescriptions at any of the chain's locations. In addition, it is appropriate to mention the role of SureScripts, of which NACDS is a co-founder. SureScripts is a leader in the electronic exchange of prescription information between pharmacies and physicians. For chain pharmacies providing care to evacuees displaced by the fires in Southern California, SureScripts and the nation's pharmacies have activated access to Emergency Rx History. This will make it possible for pharmacies to obtain and fill some people's prescriptions through the use of a secure network, even when the prescription is at another pharmacy. For more information, go to http://www.ICERx.org or call 1-888.ICERX.50 (1-888-423-7950).

Of course, patients who find themselves unable to have their prescription filled at their pharmacy also may contact their doctors to obtain new prescriptions that may be filled at an open pharmacy.

NACDS would like to take this opportunity to remind the public that it always is a good idea to maintain a record of one's prescriptions, including the medications and dosages. The "Be Prepared" section of the http://www.RxResponse.org web s
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