Naloxone opioid antidote now available without prescription at Associated Food Stores retailer’s pharmacies

Naloxone will be available to guests without a prescription

Salt Lake City, UT, 2016-Mar-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Life saving medication is now available in your local grocery store’s pharmacy. Naloxone, an opioid antidote, will be available without a prescription to guests at participating Associated Food Stores retailer’s pharmacies. The medication is used to reverse the effects of opioid overdoses including heroin and painkillers through a nasal spray.

“Our pharmacies care for many patients and families who have been devastated by the unintended effects of opioid use. As pharmacists, we are trained to provide Naloxone, along with the necessary education and training that may save a life,” said Denise Kunkel, AFS Pharmacy Operations Manager. “We take this opportunity very seriously and are honored to better serve our communities.”

AFS has developed protocols and procedures to ensure Naloxone is available to guests 18 years old and older as part of a larger Opioid Overdose Rescue program. The program and newly available medication comes at a time when prescription drug abuse continues to be a public health and safety risk. According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 6.5 million Americans misused a prescription drug in 2014. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a total of 47,055 drug overdose deaths, which include prescription and illicit drugs, during the same year, a 6.5 percent increase from 2013. Utah ranks fifth in the nation in opioid related deaths, with 21 deaths each month.

Each pharmacist at participating pharmacies has been trained to provide medication counseling and guidance to patients. Naloxone is currently available at the following pharmacies: A&W, Bowman’s, Cecil’s, Dan’s, Davis Food & Drug, Day’s Market, Dick’s Market Centerville, Ephraim Market Fresh, Fresh Market, Harmon’s, Kamas Foodtown, Kent’s Market Brigham City, Kent’s Market Clearfield, Lee’s Marketplace, Lin’s Market, Macey’s, Payson Market, Peterson’s Fresh Market, Ridley’s, Stewarts Basin Family Pharmacy, and Winegar’s Bountiful.


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Associated Food Stores participate in Pandemic Preparedness Exercise with CDC and NACCHO

Salt Lake City Based Grocer Participates in Pandemic Preparedness Exercise with CDC and NACCHO

Salt Lake City, UT, 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Associated Food Stores is improving their emergency preparedness procedures in its pharmacies. The Salt Lake City based grocer partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) to participate in a pandemic flu exercise on August 30. Results from the exercise will be used to create national plans including pharmacies as strategic health care providers in administering influenza vaccines in the event of a pandemic.

Associated Food Stores was one of two pharmacies in the U.S. who participated in the 2015 Scripted Surge Pandemic Influenza Pharmacy Exercise. The exercise was designed to assess how a pharmacy would handle an increase in patients seeking pandemic influenza vaccines and routine health and prescription drug services during a pandemic emergency, with the objective of increasing points of access beyond health departments and hospitals during a real emergency. More than 60 people from Associated Food Stores, the CDC, NACCHO, Salt Lake County and Utah Health Departments and other local agencies participated in the exercise at the West Jordan Macey’s.

As part of the exercise, Associated Food Stores created an emergency preparedness plan that determined waiting areas, staffing and workflows. The plans and procedures developed for the exercise will be implemented in each of Associated Food Stores corporately owned pharmacies and shared with their member stores to prepare them to better serve their guests and communities in the event of a real emergency.

“Participating in the pandemic flu pharmacy exercise with the CDC and NACCHO has helped prepare us for future emergencies. We were able to identify potential areas in pharmacy workflows that could be improved to support the surge in patients we could see during a flu emergency,” said Denise Kunkel, Member Pharmacy Operations Manager at Associated Food Stores. “We were able to create action plans to ensure we continue to provide the care our communities have come to know and expect from our pharmacies.”

Final results from the exercise will not be available for several months, but Associated Food Stores will continue to work closely with the CDC, NACCHO and the Salt Lake County and Utah health departments to develop new plans and policies for their pharmacies.

Photos from the event for media use can be found below.


Associated Food Stores participate in Pandemic Preparedness Exercise with CDC and NACCHO

Associated Food Stores participate in Pandemic Preparedness Exercise with CDC and NACCHO