Opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone now available without prescription at CVS Pharmacy locations in Oklahoma

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Nov-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today (November 9, 2017) that the opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone is now available without an individual prescription at all of the 77 CVS Pharmacy locations in Oklahoma, including those located inside Target stores. CVS Pharmacists will be able to dispense naloxone to patients without an individual prescription under a statewide protocol giving pharmacists prescriptive authority to dispense naloxone.

“Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses and by expanding access to this medication in our pharmacies in Oklahoma we can help save lives,” said Tom Davis, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Services at CVS Pharmacy. “CVS Health is dedicated to helping the communities we serve address and prevent prescription drug abuse and we are expanding access to naloxone to give more people a chance to get the help they need for recovery.”

“In Oklahoma, more adults die of unintentional prescription drug overdoses than in car crashes,” said Congressman Markwayne Mullin. “Now, thanks to the passage of 21st Century Cures Act and the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, law enforcement, physicians, and prescribers have more tools than ever to fight the opioid crisis. By making this lifesaving drug readily accessible to all Oklahomans, we can reverse the effects of drug overdose and prevent drug overdose tragedies in the future. Our fight against the opioid crisis does not end here, but it’s great to see a commonsense solution that will save the lives of thousands of Oklahomans each year. Just like seatbelts have helped significantly reduce car accident deaths, so will naloxone help reduce the lives tragically lost each year to drug overdose.”

Today’s naloxone announcement builds on CVS Health’s commitment to helping communities address and prevent prescription drug abuse by focusing on prevention and safe medication disposal. In 2015, CVS Health launched a community outreach program called Pharmacists Teach, which brings CVS pharmacists to local schools to talk to students about the dangers of drug abuse. More than 300,000 students across the U.S. have already taken part in the program. High school teachers and administrators can learn more about bringing Pharmacists Teach to their school at www.CVSHealth.com.

CVS Health has also joined with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to create the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, which has donated more than 800 units to police departments around the country, collecting more than 100 metric tons of unwanted medication. In September, CVS Health announced it would expand the program to 750 locations inside CVS Pharmacies by mid-2018, for a total of 1,550 safe medication disposal locations.

In that recent announcement, the company also said it would enhance opioid utilization management to align with the CDC Guideline for CVS Caremark PBM clients and members, complementing measures already in place. And, the CVS Health Foundation added a $2 million commitment to previous investments in mitigating prescription drug abuse with support for Community Health Centers providing medication-assisted treatment and other addiction recovery services.

With the addition of Oklahoma, CVS Pharmacy now dispenses naloxone to patients without an individual prescription in these 46 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:
Erin Shields Britt
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-9237
Erin.Britt@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

CVS Health announces availability of opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone without prescription at CVS Pharmacy locations in Michigan

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Nov-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today (November 9, 2017) that the opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone is now available without an individual prescription at all of the nearly 300 CVS Pharmacy locations in Michigan, including those located inside Target stores. CVS Pharmacists will be able to dispense naloxone to patients without an individual prescription under a statewide standing order protocol.

“Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses and by expanding access to this medication in our pharmacies in Michigan we can help save lives,” said Tom Davis, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Services at CVS Pharmacy. “CVS Health is dedicated to helping the communities we serve address and prevent prescription drug abuse and we are expanding access to naloxone to give more people a chance to get the help they need for recovery.”

“Michigan families have lost too many loved ones to the opioid epidemic,” said U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow. “Naloxone is a critical life-saving drug for those who suffer from addiction and I applaud those working to make it more accessible.”

Today’s naloxone announcement builds on CVS Health’s commitment to helping communities address and prevent prescription drug abuse by focusing on prevention and safe medication disposal. In 2015, CVS Health launched a community outreach program called Pharmacists Teach, which brings CVS pharmacists to local schools to talk to students about the dangers of drug abuse. More than 300,000 students across the U.S. have already taken part in the program. High school teachers and administrators can learn more about bringing Pharmacists Teach to their school at www.CVSHealth.com.

CVS Health has also joined with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to create the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, which has donated more than 800 units to police departments around the country, collecting more than 100 metric tons of unwanted medication. In September, CVS Health announced it would expand the program to 750 locations inside CVS Pharmacies by mid-2018, for a total of 1,550 safe medication disposal locations.

In that recent announcement, the company also said it would enhance opioid utilization management to align with the CDC Guideline for CVS Caremark PBM clients and members, complementing measures already in place. And, the CVS Health Foundation added a $2 million commitment to previous investments in mitigating prescription drug abuse with support for Community Health Centers providing medication-assisted treatment and other addiction recovery services.

With the addition of Michigan, CVS Pharmacy now dispenses naloxone to patients without an individual prescription in these 46 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:
Erin Shields Britt
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-9237
Erin.Britt@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

CVS Health: opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone now available without prescription at CVS Pharmacy locations in Delaware

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Nov-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today (Nov. 9, 2017) that the opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone is now available without an individual prescription at the 20 CVS Pharmacy locations in Delaware, including those located inside Target stores. CVS Pharmacists will be able to dispense naloxone to patients without an individual prescription under a statewide standing order protocol.

“Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses and by expanding access to this medication in our pharmacies in Delaware we can help save lives,” said Tom Davis, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Services at CVS Pharmacy. “CVS Health is dedicated to helping the communities we serve address and prevent prescription drug abuse and we are expanding access to naloxone to give more people a chance to get the help they need for recovery.”

“Our first priority is to save lives, and expanding access to this overdose-reversing medication through local pharmacies gives more people in the community the opportunity to help us do that,” said Dr. Karyl Rattay, Director of Delaware Health and Social Services Division of Public Health. “We see no signs of the opioid epidemic slowing and we need all the tools at our disposal to turn the tide.”

Today’s naloxone announcement builds on CVS Health’s commitment to helping communities address and prevent prescription drug abuse by focusing on prevention and safe medication disposal. In 2015, CVS Health launched a community outreach program called Pharmacists Teach, which brings CVS pharmacists to local schools to talk to students about the dangers of drug abuse. More than 300,000 students across the U.S. have already taken part in the program. High school teachers and administrators can learn more about bringing Pharmacists Teach to their school at www.CVSHealth.com.

CVS Health has also joined with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to create the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, which has donated more than 800 units to police departments around the country, collecting more than 100 metric tons of unwanted medication. In September, CVS Health announced it would expand the program to 750 locations inside CVS Pharmacies by mid-2018, for a total of 1,550 safe medication disposal locations.

In that recent announcement, the company also said it would enhance opioid utilization management to align with the CDC Guideline for CVS Caremark PBM clients and members, complementing measures already in place. And, the CVS Health Foundation added a $2 million commitment to previous investments in mitigating prescription drug abuse with support for Community Health Centers providing medication-assisted treatment and other addiction recovery services.

With the addition of Delaware, CVS Pharmacy now dispenses naloxone to patients without an individual prescription in these 46 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Delaware, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:
Erin Shields Britt
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-9237
Erin.Britt@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

Walgreens is now stocking Narcan® nasal spray as part of its commitment to combat drug abuse

Narcan® Nasal Spray

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2017-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of its comprehensive national plan to combat drug abuse, Walgreens is now stocking Narcan®, an FDA-approved nasal form of naloxone, in all of its more than 8,000 pharmacies nationwide.

The medication, administered by nasal spray, can be used in the event of an overdose to reverse the effects of opioid drugs, which include some prescription painkillers and heroin.

“By stocking Narcan in all our pharmacies, we are making it easier for families and caregivers to help their loved ones by having it on hand in case it is needed,” said Rick Gates, Walgreens group vice president of pharmacy. “As a pharmacy we are committed to making Narcan more accessible in the communities we serve.”

In addition, Walgreens is adopting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations by educating patients about Narcan when they are dispensed a controlled substance greater than 50 morphine milligram equivalents (MME) and may be at risk of accidental overdose.

“This action is an important milestone and we applaud Walgreens initiatives to improve access to Narcan Nasal Spray in communities across the U.S.,” said Seamus Mulligan, Chief Executive Officer of Adapt Pharma, the manufacturer of Narcan Nasal Spray. “This effort, combined with the opportunity for patients and caregivers to obtain Narcan Nasal Spray without an individual prescription in 45 states, is critical in combating this crisis.”

In an effort to educate the public on use of naloxone, pharmaceutical wholesaler AmerisourceBergen has distributed Narcan demo devices at no cost to Walgreens pharmacists for use in instructing patients on how to administer the medication. Additional instructions include calling 911, as Narcan is not a substitute for medical care. Anyone who is administered the medication should seek immediate medical attention.

“At AmerisourceBergen, we strive to provide our customers the highest quality care and support so they can ultimately enhance the lives of patients in their communities,” said Robert Mauch, Executive Vice President & Group President, Pharmaceutical Distribution & Strategic Global Sourcing for AmerisourceBergen. “We recognize the important role we play in addressing the opioid epidemic, and our collaboration with Walgreens is another key milestone to supply our customers with access to lifesaving initiatives and emergency medications that can help keep individuals safe across the country.”

Last year Walgreens announced an effort to make naloxone available without requiring a prescription in states where regulations allow. The company now offers naloxone without requiring a prescription in 45 states and is eager and willing to work with the remaining states to make naloxone easier to obtain.

Walgreens has also collected more than 155 tons of unwanted medications through its safe medication disposal kiosks in 600 pharmacies across 45 states and Washington D.C. The kiosks allow individuals to safely and conveniently dispose of unwanted prescriptions, including controlled substances and over-the-counter medications, year-round at no cost.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 10 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,175 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with its omnichannel business, Walgreens.com. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

Contact(s)

Walgreens
Phil Caruso, 847-315-2936
philip.caruso@walgreens.com
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
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Opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone now available without prescription at all CVS Pharmacy locations in South Dakota

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Jul-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today ( July 27, 2017) that the opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone is now available without an individual prescription at all CVS Pharmacy locations in South Dakota. Under a collaborative practice agreement between CVS Pharmacists and a local physician, CVS pharmacies, located inside Target stores in Rapid City and Sioux Falls, can dispense the medication to patients without the need for a separate visit to a prescriber.

“Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses and by expanding access to this medication in our pharmacies in South Dakota we can help save lives,” said Tom Davis, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Services at CVS Pharmacy. “We are dedicated to helping the communities we serve address and prevent prescription drug abuse and we are expanding access to naloxone to give more people a chance to get the help they need for recovery.”

“Increased access to naloxone is an important resource for families struggling with addiction,” said Gary Mendell, founder and CEO of Shatterproof, a non-profit dedicated to reducing the devastation the disease of addiction causes families. “Naloxone is a safe and trusted tool that helps loved ones fight the overdoses that are ravaging our communities. We are pleased to see CVS Health make this life-saving medication available at pharmacies in South Dakota and 41 other states.”

Earlier this year, Shatterproof launched a new website, Shatterproof.org, which provides information about naloxone as well as other resources for those affected by substance use disorder. The launch of the site was supported in part through a grant from the CVS Health Foundation.

Today’s naloxone announcement also builds on CVS Health’s commitment to helping communities address and prevent prescription drug abuse by focusing on prevention and safe medication disposal. In 2015 CVS Health launched a community outreach program called Pharmacists Teach, which brings CVS pharmacists to local schools to talk to students about the dangers of drug abuse. More than 275,000 students across the U.S. have already taken part in the program. High school teachers and administrators can learn more about bringing Pharmacists Teach to their school at www.CVSHealth.com.

CVS Health has also joined with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to create the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, which donates disposal units to local police departments, providing a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted medication. Law enforcement officials in South Dakota can apply to receive a drug collection unit at www.cvs.com/safercommunities. Additionally, CVS Health has launched digital resources on its website CVS.com that give patients and families information about drug abuse prevention.

With the addition of South Dakota, CVS Pharmacy now dispenses naloxone to patients without an individual prescription in these 42 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:

Erin Shields Britt
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-9237
Erin.Britt@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

Lifesaving opioid antidote naloxone now available without a prescription in all Walgreens pharmacies in Michigan

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2017-Jun-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of its comprehensive national plan to combat drug abuse, Walgreens today announced it has made naloxone, a lifesaving opioid antidote, available without a prescription in all of its Michigan pharmacies in accordance with state pharmacy regulations.

Naloxone is now more accessible and easier to obtain in more than 225 Walgreens pharmacies throughout Michigan. The medication can be used in the event of an overdose to reverse the effects of heroin or other opioid drugs, and is administered by injection or nasal spray.

“By making naloxone available without a prescription, we are making it easier for Michigan families and caregivers to help their loved ones by having it on hand in case it’s needed,” said Chad Downing, Walgreens Regional Healthcare Director in Michigan. “As a pharmacy we are here to help people, and we are committed to making naloxone more accessible in the communities we serve.”

Last year, Walgreens announced a national effort to make naloxone available without a prescription in states and Washington D.C. where regulations allow. Since its announcement, naloxone has been made available without a prescription in 45 states and Washington D.C.

“Efforts to fight the growing opioid addiction epidemic are all about more second chances and less funerals,” said Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. “Making naloxone readily available in our pharmacies is an important preventative step and we appreciate Walgreens continued partnership and commitment to this issue.”

When naloxone is dispensed instructions are provided on how to administer the medication, which includes calling 911 as naloxone is not a substitute for medical care, and anyone who is administered the medication should seek immediate medical attention.

Walgreens has also installed safe medication disposal kiosks in 600 pharmacies across 45 states including 20 in Michigan. The kiosks allow individuals to safely and conveniently dispose of unwanted prescriptions, including controlled substances and over-the-counter medications year-round at no cost.

States where Walgreens offers naloxone without requiring a prescription:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 10 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,175 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with its omnichannel business, Walgreens.com. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

SOURCE: Walgreens

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Phil Caruso
847-315-2962
philip.caruso@walgreens.com
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens

Opioid overdose-reversal medicine naloxone now available without prescription at all CVS Pharmacy locations in Arizona

PHOENIX, 2017-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Attorney General Mark Brnovich and State Representative Heather Carter joined CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today (May 23, 2017) in announcing an important step to increase access to the opioid overdose-reversal medicine naloxone by making it available without a prescription at all CVS Pharmacy locations in Arizona. Pharmacists in Arizona will use prescriptive authority to dispense the life-saving medication to patients without the need for a physician visit to obtain an individual prescription. Prevention advocate Cindy Sierzchula and President of the Professional Firefighters of Arizona Bryan Jeffries expressed support for increased access to naloxone from the parent and first responder communities.

“Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses and by expanding access to this medication in our Arizona pharmacies, we can help save lives,” said Robert Marshall, Regional Manager for CVS Pharmacy in Arizona. “CVS Health is dedicated to addressing and preventing prescription drug abuse in the communities we serve and we believe the step we are announcing today will give more people a chance to get the help they need for recovery.”

“The opioid epidemic is an urgent public health crisis facing Arizona and the entire country,” said Attorney General Mark Brnovich. “We want to ensure that Arizona families who have loved ones struggling with addiction have access to Naloxone because it saves lives.”

“As a lawmaker, it’s always rewarding to see the policy decisions we make put into practice,” said Representative Heather Carter. “The main purpose behind the legislation I sponsored was to get this medication in the hands of a person who may have an opportunity to save a life. I’m here today to recognize a critical step toward achieving this goal.”

Today’s naloxone announcement builds on CVS Health’s longstanding commitment to helping communities address and prevent drug abuse. In 2015, CVS Health launched a community outreach program called Pharmacists Teach, which brings CVS pharmacists to local schools to talk to students about the dangers of drug abuse. More than 250,000 students across the U.S. have already taken part in the program, including nearly 8,000 students in Arizona. High school teachers and administrators can learn more about bringing Pharmacists Teach to their school at www.CVSHealth.com.

CVS Health has also joined with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to create the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, which donates disposal units to local police departments, providing a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted medication. Police departments in Arizona can apply to receive a drug collection unit at www.cvs.com/safercommunities. Additionally, CVS Health has launched digital resources on its website CVS.com that give patients and families a single destination to learn more about drug abuse prevention.

With the addition of Arizona, CVS Pharmacy now dispenses naloxone to patients without an individual prescription in these 41 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its nearly 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:

Mia Garcia
Director of Media Relations, Office of Attorney General Mark Brnovich
(602) 339-5895
Mia.Garcia@azag.gov

Corporate Communications, CVS Health
Amy Lanctot
(401) 258-9216
amy.lanctot@cvshealth.com

Erin Shields Britt
(401) 770-9237
Erin.Britt@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

Opioid overdose-reversal medicine naloxone now available without prescription at CVS Pharmacies in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa, 2017-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (March 29, 2017), CVS Health officials (NYSE: CVS) joined Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Department of Public Health Director Gerd Clabaugh and Office of Drug Control Policy Director Steve Lukan in announcing the availability of the opioid overdose-reversal medicine naloxone without a prescription at all CVS Pharmacy locations in Iowa. CVS Health has established a standing order with physicians in Iowa that allows CVS Pharmacy to expand access to the medication in the state.

“Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses and by expanding access to this medication in our Iowa pharmacies by the use of a physician’s standing order for patients without a prescription, we can help save lives,” said Tom Davis, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Practices at CVS Pharmacy. “We support expanding naloxone availability to give more people a chance to get the help they need for recovery and we applaud the State of Iowa for their leadership in the fight against drug abuse and addiction.”

“Thanks to action we have taken in Iowa, first responders, family members, and others can now obtain and administer Naloxone more easily,” said Reynolds. “I want to thank CVS Health for partnering in our multi-faceted approach to combat the opioid epidemic that has affected many Iowans. We need to continue to work together to prevent, treat and respond to this epidemic.”

Today’s naloxone announcement builds on CVS Health’s longstanding commitment to helping communities address and prevent drug abuse. CVS Health has also joined with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to create the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, which donates disposal units to local police departments, providing a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted medication. Police departments in Iowa can apply to receive a drug collection unit at www.cvs.com/safercommunities.

Additionally, CVS Health has launched digital resources on its website CVS.com that give patients and families a single destination to learn more about drug abuse prevention. And, in 2015, CVS Health launched a community outreach program called Pharmacists Teach, which brings local pharmacists to high school health classes to talk to students about the dangers of drug abuse. More than 200,000 students have already taken part in the program. High school teachers and administrators in Iowa can learn more about bringing Pharmacists Teach to their school at www.CVSHealth.com.

With the addition of Iowa, CVS Pharmacy now dispenses naloxone to patients without an individual prescription in these 41 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Contact:

Carolyn Castel
carolyn.castel@cvshealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

CVS Health to make naloxone available in CVS Pharmacy locations in Arizona, Georgia, Iowa and South Carolina

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today that CVS Pharmacy locations in four additional states will dispense the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone to patients without an individual prescription. With the addition of CVS Pharmacy locations in Arizona, Georgia, Iowa and South Carolina, CVS Pharmacy locations in 41 states are now able to increase access to the life-saving medication. Georgia, Iowa and South Carolina all allow pharmacists to dispense naloxone under a standing order from a physician. Arizona regulations give pharmacists prescriptive authority to dispense the medication.

“CVS Health is committed to addressing and preventing opioid abuse in the communities we serve and increasing access to this life-saving medication is an important part of that commitment,” said Tom Davis, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Practices at CVS Pharmacy. “Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdose and by expanding availability of this medication, we can save lives and give more people a chance to get the help they need for recovery.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), opioids including prescription opioids and heroin killed more than 33,000 people in 2015, more than any year on record. At the same time, a recent CVS Health/Morning Consult survey indicates there is a significant need for increased awareness about the availability of naloxone and its role in reversing potentially fatal opioid overdoses. Less than half (46%) of those surveyed said that they had heard of the drug, and awareness varied significantly by geographic region. In the western and southern parts of the country 38 percent and 40 percent of respondents, respectively, had heard of naloxone compared to 50 percent in the Midwest and 63 percent in the Northeast.

“Overuse and abuse of opioids is a public health epidemic,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, executive director of the American Public Health Association. “Making naloxone more widely available and accessible is a critical component of a broader strategy to prevent overdose deaths. I applaud CVS Health for its leadership.”

CVS Health’s work to expand access to naloxone builds on the company’s longstanding commitment to preventing prescription drug abuse. The company’s efforts to educate patients extend from resources on CVS.com to educating youth in the community. The company’s Pharmacists Teach program, which connects CVS pharmacists to local high school students, has reached more than 200,000 students across the country with a drug abuse prevention message. The company has also worked to encourage proper disposal of medications to prevent misuse or abuse. Through its Medication Disposal for Safer Communities program, CVS Health has donated more than 600 disposal units to local police departments, which have collected more than 70 metric tons of unwanted medication.

With the addition of these four states, CVS Pharmacy now dispenses naloxone to patients without an individual prescription in these 41 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

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Erin Shields Britt
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-9237
Erin.Britt@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE CVS Health

Naloxone now available at Rite Aid Pharmacies in Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia

Camp Hill, Pa., 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid announced today (Feb. 15, 2017) that naloxone, a medication that can be used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, is now available at more than 630 pharmacies in Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia without a prescription, subject to state regulations. Previously, naloxone, which can be administered by injection or nasal spray, was only available with a physician’s prescription.

“As the epidemic continues to grow, as evidenced in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recent statistic, 91 people die every day from an opioid overdose in the United States,” said Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. “With the ability to dispense naloxone without a prescription in more than 20 states, Rite Aid is not only showing its commitment to increasing customer access to this potentially lifesaving medication, but we are also raising awareness and helping fight drug abuse in the communities we serve.”

Naloxone is also available for purchase without patient specific prescriptions at Rite Aid pharmacies in 17 additional states including: Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

To date, Rite Aid has trained more than 10,000 pharmacists on naloxone dispensing. Rite Aid is   also working to expand its naloxone dispensing program in other states served by the Company where naloxone is currently only available with a prescription.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

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Naloxone opioid overdose-reversal drug now available without prescription at all CVS Pharmacy locations in Nevada

WOONSOCKET, R.I., , 2016-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today (December 14, 2016) that the opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone is now available without a prescription at all CVS Pharmacy locations in Nevada. CVS Health has established a standing order with physicians in Nevada that allows CVS Pharmacy to expand access to the medication across the state.

“Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses and by expanding access to this medication in our Nevada pharmacies by the use of a physician’s standing order for patients without a prescription, we can help save lives,” said Tom Davis, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Practices at CVS Pharmacy. “We are dedicated to helping the communities we serve address and prevent drug abuse and we are expanding access to naloxone to give more people a chance to get the help they need for recovery.”

The move to expand access to naloxone builds on CVS Health’s longstanding commitment to help communities address and prevent drug abuse through education, outreach and safe medication disposal. CVS Health’s commitment to drug abuse prevention education extends from online resources for patients visiting CVS.com to a commitment to youth prevention programs. Launched in 2015, CVS Health’s Pharmacists Teach program gives its pharmacists the opportunity to volunteer to speak to local students about the dangers of drug abuse. More than 150,000 students have already been part of the program. The CVS Health Foundation is also working with DoSomething.org to create a peer-to-peer prevention and intervention program delivered to young people via text message and online.

CVS Health has also joined with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to create the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, which has donated more than 600 drug disposal units to police departments around the country. The program gives members of the community a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted medication and has already collected more than 47 metric tons of prescription drugs.

“CVS Health has been a leader in the work of helping communities prevent prescription drug abuse,” said Marcia Lee Taylor, President and CEO, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “In addition to proper disposal of unwanted medication, increasing access to naloxone is a critical public health priority that allows patients and their families to prevent opioid fatalities and recognize when people need help working towards recovery from the disease of addiction.”

With the addition of Nevada, CVS Pharmacy now dispenses naloxone in a total of 37 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:

Erin Shields Britt
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-9237
Erin.Britt@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

Opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone now available in CVS pharmacies in Alabama, Alaska, Illinois, Missouri and West Virginia

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Oct-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today (September 29, 2016) announced it has expanded access to the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone in Alabama, Alaska, Illinois, Missouri and West Virginia, allowing CVS Pharmacy patients to access the medication without an individual prescription. In total, CVS Pharmacy patients in 36 states now have increased access to the life-saving opioid overdose-reversal drug. CVS Health’s naloxone program establishes a standing order with a physician in the state or utilizes pharmacists’ prescriptive authority to permit CVS Pharmacists to dispense naloxone to patients without an individual prescription. Pharmacists in these five states began dispensing the medication this week.

“Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdose and by expanding availability of this medication, we can save lives and give more people a chance to get the help they need for recovery,” said Tom Davis, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Practices at CVS Pharmacy. “By establishing a physician-authorized standing order that allows our pharmacies to dispense naloxone to patients without an individual prescription, we strengthen our commitment to helping the communities we serve begin to address the challenges of prescription drug abuse.”

“Expanding access to the overdose-reversal drug naloxone is a critical part of our national strategy to stop the prescription drug and heroin overdose epidemic along with effective prevention, treatment, and enforcement,” said Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy. “Thanks to efforts on naloxone like those announced today by CVS Health, more Americans will have access to this lifesaving drug.”

The move to expand access to naloxone builds on CVS Health’s longstanding commitment to help communities address and prevent drug abuse through education, outreach and safe medication disposal. CVS Health’s commitment to drug abuse prevention education extends from online resources launched for patients visiting CVS.com to two robust youth prevention programs. Launched last year, CVS Health’s Pharmacists Teach program gives its pharmacists the opportunity to volunteer to speak to high school health classes about the dangers of drug abuse. More than 100,000 students have already been part of the program. Recently, the company also announced a partnership with DoSomething.org to create a peer-to-peer prevention and intervention program delivered to young people via text message and online.

CVS Health has also joined with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to create the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, which has donated more than 600 drug disposal units to police departments around the country. The program gives members of the community a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted medication and has already collected more than 47 metric tons of prescription drugs.

“CVS Health has been a leader in the work of helping communities prevent prescription drug abuse,” said Marcia Lee Taylor, President and CEO, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “In addition to proper disposal of unwanted medication, increasing access to naloxone is a critical public health priority that allows patients and their families to prevent opioid fatalities and recognize when people need help working towards recovery from the disease of addiction.”

With the addition of the five new states where CVS Pharmacy locations began dispensing naloxone to patients without a prescription this week, CVS Pharmacy locations in the following 36 states now offer naloxone: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas,California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky,Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana,New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota,Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont,Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. CVS Health also plans to further expand its naloxone program to other states in the coming months.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:
Erin Shields Britt
Corporate Communications
401-770-9237
Erin.Britt@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

CVS Health: opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone now available without prescription at all its pharmacies in Washington

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today (Sept. 14, 2016) that the opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone is now available for patients without a prescription at all CVS Pharmacy locations in Washington. Under a collaborative agreement with a physician in the state, CVS pharmacists can exercise prescriptive authority to dispense the medication. In addition to Washington, CVS Pharmacy locations in 30 other states are able to dispense naloxone to patients without an individual prescription. The company’s move to increase access to naloxone builds on its other efforts to reduce drug abuse, including prevention education and safe drug disposal.

“Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses and by expanding access to this medication in our Washington pharmacies for patients without a prescription, we can help save lives,” said Tom Davis, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Practices at CVS Pharmacy. “We are dedicated to helping the communities we serve address and prevent drug abuse and we are expanding access to naloxone to give more people a chance to get the help they need for recovery.”

“The impact of drug abuse has been felt by our families and friends across the state of Washington. It is a crisis that impacts people of every age, income level and race and involves prescription medications and illegal drugs,” Governor Jay Inslee said. “I commend CVS for making the lifesaving opioid overdose reversal drug Naloxone available directly from a pharmacist, and for providing safe disposal options for unwanted medications. To address this epidemic we need the public and private sector working together on options such as this for our communities. Please visit www.stopoverdose.org to learn how to prevent and respond to an opioid overdose.”

Efforts to increase access to naloxone build on CVS Health’s longstanding commitment to helping communities address and prevent drug abuse. CVS Health has joined with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to create the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, which donates disposal units to local police departments, providing a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted medication. Law enforcement officials across Washington can apply to receive a drug collection unit here.

In 2015, CVS Health launched a community outreach program called Pharmacists Teach, which brings local pharmacists to high school health classes to talk to students about the dangers of drug abuse. More than 100,000 students have already taken part in the program. High school teachers and administrators in Washington can learn more about bringing Pharmacists Teach to their school here.

And, CVS Health has launched digital resources online at www.cvs.com/content/prescription-drug-abuse, giving patients and families a single destination to learn more about drug abuse prevention.

About CVS Health

CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:

Erin Shields Britt
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-9237
Erin.Britt@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

CVS Health announces availability of opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone without prescription at all its Pharmacies in Colorado

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today that the opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone is now available without a prescription at all CVS Pharmacy locations in Colorado. CVS Health has established a standing order with physicians in Colorado that allows CVS Pharmacy to expand access to the medication across the state.

“Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses and by expanding access to this medication in our Colorado pharmacies by the use of a physician’s standing order for patients without a prescription, we can help save lives,” said Tom Davis, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Practices at CVS Pharmacy. “We are dedicated to helping the communities we serve address and prevent drug abuse and we are expanding access to naloxone to give more people a chance to get the help they need for recovery.”

In addition to Colorado, CVS Pharmacy locations in 30 other states are able to dispense naloxone to patients without an individual prescription.

“CVS Health has been a leader in helping communities prevent prescription drug abuse and we applaud their work to increase access to this life-saving drug for patients without a prescription at CVS Pharmacy locations in Colorado,” said Marcia Lee Taylor, President and CEO, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “Increasing access to naloxone is a critical public health priority that allows patients and their families to prevent opioid fatalities and recognize when people need help working towards recovery from the disease of addiction.”

CVS Health has also launched digital resources on www.cvs.com/content/prescription-drug-abuse giving patients and families a single destination to learn more about drug abuse prevention. These new resources build on CVS Health’s longstanding commitment to helping communities address and prevent drug abuse. In 2015, CVS Health launched a community outreach program called Pharmacists Teach, which brings local pharmacists to high school health classes to talk to students about the dangers of drug abuse. More than 100,000 students have already taken part in the program. High school teachers and administrators in Colorado can learn more about bringing Pharmacists Teach to their school here.

CVS Health has also joined with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to create the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, which donates disposal units to local police departments, providing a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted medication. Law enforcement officials across Colorado can apply to receive a drug collection unit here.

About CVS Health
CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:

Erin Shields Britt
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-9237
Erin.Britt@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

Medication naloxone now available without prescription at CVS Pharmacy locations in Idaho

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Aug-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today that the opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone is now available without a prescription at CVS Pharmacy locations in Idaho. Under prescriptive authority allowed by the state, CVS Pharmacists will expand access to the medication.

“Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses and we can help save lives by increasing access to this medication in our Idaho pharmacies by the use of prescriptive authority for patients without a prescription,” said Tom Davis, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Practices at CVS Pharmacy. “We are dedicated to helping the communities we serve address and prevent drug abuse and we are expanding access to naloxone to give more people a chance to get the help they need for recovery.”

In addition to Idaho, CVS Pharmacy locations in 30 other states can dispense naloxone to patients without an individual prescription.

“CVS Health has been a leader in helping communities prevent prescription drug abuse and we applaud their work to increase access to this life-saving drug for patients without a prescription at CVS Pharmacy locations in Idaho,” said Marcia Lee Taylor, President and CEO, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “Increasing access to naloxone is a critical public health priority that allows patients and their families to prevent opioid fatalities and recognize when people need help working towards recovery from the disease of addiction.”

CVS Health has also launched digital resources on www.cvs.com/content/prescription-drug-abuse giving patients and families a single destination to learn more about drug abuse prevention. These new resources build on CVS Health’s longstanding commitment to helping communities address and prevent drug abuse. In 2015, CVS Health launched a community outreach program called Pharmacists Teach, which brings local pharmacists to high school health classes to talk to students about the dangers of drug abuse. More than 100,000 students have already taken part in the program. High school teachers and administrators in Idahocan learn more about bringing Pharmacists Teach to their school here.

CVS Health has also joined with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to create the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, which donates disposal units to local police departments, providing a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted medication. Law enforcement officials across Idaho can apply to receive a drug collection unit here.

About CVS Health
CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:

Erin Shields Britt
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-9237
Erin.Britt@CVSHealth.com

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Medication naloxone now available without prescription at CVS Pharmacy locations in Idaho
Medication naloxone now available without prescription at CVS Pharmacy locations in Idaho

 

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CVS Health announces opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone now available without prescription at all CVS Pharmacies in Texas

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today that the opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone is now available without a prescription at all CVS Pharmacy locations in Texas. CVS Health has established a standing order with physicians in Texas that allows CVS Pharmacy to expand access to the medication across the state.

“Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses and by expanding access to this medication in our Texas pharmacies by the use of a physician’s standing order for patients without a prescription, we can help save lives,” said Tom Davis, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Practices at CVS Pharmacy. “We are dedicated to helping the communities we serve address and prevent drug abuse and we are expanding access to naloxone to give more people a chance to get the help they need for recovery.”

In addition to Texas, CVS Pharmacy locations in 30 other states will be able to dispense naloxone to patients without an individual prescription by August 2016.

“CVS Health has been a leader in helping communities prevent prescription drug abuse and we applaud their work to increase access to this life-saving drug for patients without a prescription at CVS Pharmacy locations in Texas,” said Marcia Lee Taylor, President and CEO, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “Increasing access to naloxone is a critical public health priority that allows patients and their families to prevent opioid fatalities and recognize when people need help working towards recovery from the disease of addiction.”

CVS Health has also launched digital resources on www.cvs.com/content/prescription-drug-abuse giving patients and families a single destination to learn more about drug abuse prevention. These new resources build on CVS Health’s longstanding commitment to helping communities address and prevent drug abuse. In 2015, CVS Health launched a community outreach program called Pharmacists Teach, which brings local pharmacists to high school health classes to talk to students about the dangers of drug abuse. More than 100,000 students have already taken part in the program. High school teachers and administrators in Texascan learn more about bringing Pharmacists Teach to their school here.

CVS Health has also joined with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to create the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, which donates disposal units to local police departments, providing a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted medication. The program has already donated 37 units to police departments in the state and collected more than two and a half metric tons of unwanted medications in Texas. Law enforcement officials across Texas can apply to receive a drug collection unit here.

About CVS Health
CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:

Erin Shields Britt
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-9237
Erin.Britt@CVSHealth.com

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CVS Health announces opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone now available without prescription at all CVS Pharmacies in Texas
CVS Health announces opioid overdose-reversal medication naloxone now available without prescription at all CVS Pharmacies in Texas

 

SOURCE: CVS Health

 

CVS Health expands access to opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone in seven additional states this summer

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-May-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced it will expand access to the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone in seven additional states this summer, contributing to a total of 30 states where the life-saving medication will be more accessible to CVS Pharmacy patients. CVS Health’s naloxone program establishes a standing order with a physician in the state, which permits CVS Pharmacists to dispense naloxone to patients without an individual prescription.

“Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdose and by expanding availability of this medication, we can save lives and give more people a chance to get the help they need for recovery,” said Tom Davis, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Practices at CVS Pharmacy. “By establishing a physician-authorized standing order that allows our pharmacies to dispense naloxone to patients without an individual prescription, we strengthen our commitment to helping the communities we serve begin to address the challenges of prescription drug abuse.”

Expansion of the company’s naloxone program will begin with New Mexico in late May; followed by Louisiana in early June; Florida in early July; Colorado, Idaho andOregon in mid-July; and Washington in early August. Naloxone is already available without a prescription at CVS Pharmacy locations through standing order or collaborative practice agreements in 23 states: Arkansas, California, Connecticut,Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio,Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

“Expanding access to the overdose-reversal drug naloxone is a critical part of our national strategy to stop the prescription drug and heroin overdose epidemic along with effective prevention, treatment, and enforcement,” said Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy. “Thanks to efforts on naloxone like those announced today by CVS Health, more Americans will have access to this lifesaving drug.”

The move to expand access to naloxone builds on CVS Health’s longstanding commitment to help communities address and prevent drug abuse through education, outreach and safe medication disposal. Patients visiting CVS.com can find recently launched drug abuse prevention resources for themselves and their families. The company has also launched a community outreach program called Pharmacists Teach, which brings local pharmacists to high school health classes to talk to students about the dangers of drug abuse. More than 80,000 students have already been part of the program. High schools across the country can learn more about bringing Pharmacists Teach to their school here.

CVS Health has also joined with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids for the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, which has donated more than 500 drug disposal units to police departments around the country. The program gives members of the community a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted medication and has already collected more than 35 metric tons of prescription drugs. Police departments across the country can apply to receive a drug collection unit from the program here.

“CVS Health has been a leader in the work of helping communities prevent prescription drug abuse,” said Marcia Lee Taylor, President and CEO, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “In addition to proper disposal of unwanted medication, increasing access to naloxone is a critical public health priority that allows patients and their families to prevent opioid fatalities and recognize when people need help working towards recovery from the disease of addiction.”

About CVS Health:
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:
Erin Shields Britt
Corporate Communications
401-770-9237
Erin.Britt@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE CVS Health

Opioid overdose-reversal medicine naloxone available without prescription at all CVS Pharmacy locations across Virginia

RICHMOND, Va., 2016-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today joined Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Health and Human Resources SecretaryWilliam Hazel and Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran in highlighting the availability of the opioid overdose-reversal medicine naloxone without a prescription at all CVS Pharmacy locations across Virginia. CVS Health has established a standing order with physicians in Virginia that allows CVS Pharmacy to expand access to the medication in the Old Dominion.

“Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses and by expanding access to this medication in our Virginia pharmacies by the use of a physician’s standing order for patients without a prescription, we can help save lives,” said Tom Davis, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Practices at CVS Pharmacy. “We support expanding naloxone availability to give more people a chance to get the help they need for recovery and we applaud Governor McAuliffe and the State of Virginia for their leadership in the fight against drug abuse and addiction.”

“Drug overdose is the Number One cause of unnatural death in Virginia, and it has been for the past three years,” said Governor McAuliffe. “It takes the lives of more Virginians than motor vehicle accidents or firearms. Preliminary numbers indicate that about 1,000 Virginians died of drug overdose last year, including more than 500 from prescription opioids and 300 from heroin. So we know that this particular class of narcotic, which includes both prescription and illegal drugs, is the primary killer that we must confront if we are going to end this epidemic. CVS Health’s decision to make naloxone available without a prescription at all of its Virginia locations is a welcome and important step that will save lives here in Virginia.”

“Prescription opioid and heroin overdoses are killing our citizens, and we need to use every tool we can to fight that epidemic,” said Secretary Hazel. “We are working to reduce the amount of available opioids, whether they are the kind that gets prescribed or the kind that gets bought on the street corner. We are looking to increase treatment options and trying to find ways to divert people who are addicted away from jails and into treatment. But having a drug like naloxone that can reverse a potentially fatal overdose is, quite literally, a life-saver. The more available it is, the more lives can be saved.”

“We allow and encourage our first responders to carry this life-saving drug, and to know how to use it,” said Secretary Moran. “But families and friends of people with addiction are often the actual first people to encounter a person who has overdosed. Making naloxone more easily available to them at drugstores like CVS is one step toward saving a life.”

CVS Health has also launched new digital resources on www.cvs.com/content/prescription-drug-abuse giving patients and families a single destination to learn more about drug abuse prevention. These new resources build on CVS Health’s longstanding commitment to helping communities address and prevent drug abuse. In 2015, CVS Health launched a community outreach program called Pharmacists Teach, which brings local pharmacists to high school health classes to talk to students about the dangers of drug abuse. More than 75,000 students have already taken part in the program. High school teachers and administrators in Virginiacan learn more about bringing Pharmacists Teach to their school at www.CVSHealth.com.

CVS Health has also joined with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to create the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, which donates disposal units to local police departments, providing a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted medication. In Virginia, 45 police departments have received units through the program, which have collected nearly two and a half metric tons of unwanted medication in the state. And across the country, this program has collected more than 35 metric tons of unwanted medication. Police departments in Virginia can apply to receive a drug collection unit at www.cvs.com/safercommunities.

In addition to Virginia, CVS Pharmacy locations in 22 states can dispense naloxone to patients without an individual prescription.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,500 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

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Walgreens announces opioid antidote naloxone available without prescription in all of its New Jersey pharmacies

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-May-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of its comprehensive national plan to combat drug abuse, Walgreens today announced it has made naloxone, a lifesaving opioid antidote, available without a prescription in all of its New Jersey pharmacies in accordance with state pharmacy regulations.

Naloxone is now more accessible and easier to obtain in more than 190 Walgreens pharmacies throughout New Jersey. The medication can be used in the event of an overdose to reverse the effects of heroin or other opioid drugs, and is administered by injection or nasal spray.

“By making naloxone available without a prescription, we are making it easier for New Jersey families and caregivers to help their loved ones by having it on hand in case it’s needed,” said Domenic DiPrimo, Walgreens Regional Healthcare Director in New Jersey. “As a pharmacy we are here to help people, and we are committed to making naloxone more accessible in the communities we serve.”

In February, Walgreens announced plans to make naloxone available without a prescription in 35 states and Washington D.C. in accordance with each state’s pharmacy regulations. Since its announcement, naloxone has been made available without a prescription in more than 1,500 Walgreens pharmacies throughout the states of Alabama, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

When implementation of the program is complete, naloxone will be available without a prescription in more than 5,800 of Walgreens nearly 8,200 stores.

“We’re encouraged to learn that naloxone will now be more readily available to consumers through this program,” said Acting Attorney General Robert Lougy. “In the past two years State Police, local law enforcement and EMS personnel have administered naloxone to more than 11,000 overdose victims, and saved countless lives. However, despite our best efforts, police and EMS personnel cannot be everywhere that narcotics are being procured and abused all the time. This will help save additional lives.”

When naloxone is dispensed instructions are provided on how to administer the medication, which includes calling 911 as naloxone is not a substitute for medical care, and anyone who is administered the medication should seek immediate medical attention.

Drug abuse continues to be a public health and safety risk. More Americans die every day from drug overdoses than from motor vehicle crashes, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy. In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a total of 47,055 drug overdose deaths, which include prescription and illicit drugs. That is a 6.5 percent increase from 2013 and a 140 percent increase since 2000.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.

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Walgreens announces that naloxone is now available without prescriptionin in all of its Pennsylvania pharmacies

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Apr-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of its comprehensive national plan to combat drug abuse, Walgreens today announced it has made naloxone, a potentially lifesaving opioid antidote, available without requiring a prescription from an individual’s physician in all of its Pennsylvania pharmacies in accordance with state pharmacy regulations.

Naloxone is now more accessible and easier to obtain in more than 120 Walgreens pharmacies throughout Pennsylvania. The medication can be used in the event of an overdose to reverse the effects of heroin or other opioid drugs, and is administered by injection or nasal spray.

“By making naloxone available without a prescription, we are making it easier for Pennsylvania families and caregivers to help their loved ones by having it on hand in case it’s needed,” said Kimberly Treece, Walgreens Regional Vice President in Pennsylvania. “As a pharmacy we are here to help people, and we are committed to making naloxone more accessible in the communities we serve.”

In February, Walgreens announced plans to make naloxone available without a prescription in 35 states and Washington D.C. in accordance with each state’s pharmacy regulations. In states where a prescription is required, Walgreens is available and eager to work with regulators to help update rules to allow for dispensing of naloxone without a prescription.

Since its original announcement about naloxone, Walgreens has made the medication available without a prescription at its pharmacies throughout the states of New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Indiana and Ohio, and has now expanded that access to Pennsylvania. When implementation of the program is complete, naloxone will be available without a prescription in more than 5,800 of Walgreens nearly 8,200 stores.

“I applaud Walgreens for taking this step. Naloxone is a lifesaving medication that can save the life of someone suffering addiction and an overdose from a prescription painkiller or heroin,” said Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania Physician General. “The medication gives the patient the opportunity to get the treatment that they need. The disease of addiction is complex and the State’s response requires all hands on deck, including our partners in the community, like Walgreens pharmacy.”

Drug abuse continues to be a public health and safety risk. More Americans die every day from drug overdoses than from motor vehicle crashes, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy. In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a total of 47,055 drug overdose deaths, which include prescription and illicit drugs. That is a 6.5 percent increase from 2013 and a 140 percent increase since 2000.

Walgreens also will be installing safe medication disposal kiosks in more than 500 pharmacies in 40 states, including Pennsylvania. The medication disposal kiosks allow individuals to safely and conveniently dispose of their unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions, including controlled substances and over-the-counter medications, at no cost. The kiosks at Walgreens pharmacies will be available during regular pharmacy hours (24 hours a day at most of these locations) and will offer one of the best ways to ensure medications are not accidentally used or intentionally misused by someone else. The initial installation of the safe medication disposal kiosks has begun in California and is expected to be completed at more than 500 Walgreens locations later this year.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.

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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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Naloxone now easier to obtain in nearly 200 Walgreens pharmacies throughout Indiana

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Feb-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of Walgreens comprehensive national plan to combat drug abuse, Walgreens today announced it has made naloxone, a potentially lifesaving opioid antidote, available without a prescription in all of its Indiana pharmacies in accordance with state pharmacy regulations.

Naloxone is now more accessible and easier to obtain in nearly 200 Walgreens pharmacies throughout Indiana. The medication can be used in the event of an overdose to reverse the effects of heroin or other opioid drugs, and is administered by injection or nasal spray.

“By making naloxone available without a prescription, we are making it easier for Indiana families and caregivers to help their loved ones in need,” said Chris Creamer, Walgreens Regional Healthcare Director in Indiana. “We are committed to making naloxone more accessible in the communities we serve.”

Earlier this month, Walgreens announced plans to make naloxone available without a prescription in 35 states and Washington D.C. in accordance with each state’s pharmacy regulations. In states where a prescription is required, Walgreens is available and eager to work with regulators to help update rules to allow for dispensing of naloxone without a prescription.

The medication is available in Rhode Island and Massachusetts without a prescription in accordance with state regulations. Walgreens began expanding the program earlier this month at Walgreens pharmacies throughout the state of New York, and has now expanded that access to Indiana and Ohio. When implementation of the program is complete, naloxone will be available without a prescription in more than 5,800 of Walgreens nearly 8,200 stores.

“We need all hands on deck to stop the unrelenting wave of opioid drug and heroin overdose deaths,” said Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, creator and co-chair of the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force. “I’m particularly grateful Walgreens has stepped up to keep naloxone stocked in its stores, available for loved ones and others who may be in a position to save the life of someone struggling with addiction. Walgreens rollout of safe medication disposal kiosks is also key to encouraging people to clear out medicine cabinets and changing the perception that these powerful painkillers and other opioids are safe.”

When naloxone is dispensed instructions are provided on how to administer the medication, which includes calling 911 as naloxone is not a substitute for medical care, and anyone who is administered the medication should seek immediate medical attention.

Drug abuse continues to be a public health and safety risk. In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a total of 47,055 drug overdose deaths, which include prescription and illicit drugs. That is a 6.5 percent increase from 2013 and a 140 percent increase since 2000.

Walgreens also will be installing safe medication disposal kiosks in more than 500 pharmacies in 39 states, including Indiana. The medication disposal kiosks allow individuals to safely and conveniently dispose of their unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions, including controlled substances, and over-the-counter medications, at no cost. The kiosks at Walgreens pharmacies will be available during regular pharmacy hours (24 hours a day at most of these locations) and will offer one of the best ways to ensure medications are not accidentally used or intentionally misused by someone else. The initial installation of the safe medication disposal kiosks has begun in California and is expected to be completed at more than 500 Walgreens locations this year.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.

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Naloxone now available without prescription in all Walgreens pharmacies in Ohio

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Feb-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of Walgreens comprehensive national plan to combat drug abuse, Walgreens today announced it has made naloxone, a potentially lifesaving opioid antidote, available without a prescription in all of its Ohio pharmacies in accordance with state pharmacy regulations.

Naloxone is now more accessible and easier to obtain in more than 240 Walgreens pharmacies throughout Ohio. The medication can be used in the event of an overdose to reverse the effects of heroin or other opioid drugs, and is administered by injection or nasal spray.

“By making naloxone available without a prescription, we are making it easier for Ohio families and caregivers to help their loved ones in need,” said Chris Creamer, Walgreens Regional Healthcare Director in Ohio. “We are committed to making naloxone more accessible in the communities we serve.”

Earlier this month, Walgreens announced plans to make naloxone available without a prescription in 35 states and Washington D.C. in accordance with each state’s pharmacy regulations. In states where a prescription is required, Walgreens is available and eager to work with regulators to help update rules to allow for dispensing of naloxone without a prescription.

The medication is available in Rhode Island and Massachusetts without a prescription in accordance with state regulations. Walgreens began expanding the program earlier this month at Walgreens pharmacies throughout the state of New York, and has now expanded that access to Ohio and Indiana. When implementation of the program is complete, naloxone will be available without a prescription in more than 5,800 of Walgreens nearly 8,200 stores.

“Heroin took the lives of more than 2,400 Ohioans in 2014,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. “By making naloxone available to customers without a prescription, Walgreens will help make this lifesaving drug available to those who need it.”

Drug abuse continues to be a public health and safety risk. In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a total of 47,055 drug overdose deaths, which include prescription and illicit drugs. That is a 6.5 percent increase from 2013 and a 140 percent increase since 2000.

When naloxone is dispensed instructions are provided on how to administer the medication, which includes calling 911 as naloxone is not a substitute for medical care, and anyone who is administered the medication should seek immediate medical attention.

Walgreens also will be installing safe medication disposal kiosks in more than 500 pharmacies in 39 states, including Ohio. The medication disposal kiosks allow individuals to safely and conveniently dispose of their unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions, including controlled substances, and over-the-counter medications, at no cost. The kiosks at Walgreens pharmacies will be available during regular pharmacy hours (24 hours a day at most of these locations) and will offer one of the best ways to ensure medications are not accidentally used or intentionally misused by someone else. The initial installation of the safe medication disposal kiosks has begun in California and is expected to be completed at more than 500 Walgreens locations this year.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.

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Naloxone now available without prescription in all Walgreens pharmacies in Ohio

Naloxone now available without prescription in all Walgreens pharmacies in Ohio

CVS Health announces increased availability of overdose reversal medicine naloxone to combat opioid abuse epidemic

  • White House Drug Policy Director, Ohio Attorney General, Lucas County Sheriff join CVS Health to announce increased availability of naloxone to combat opioid abuse epidemic
  • CVS Health also highlights resources for Ohio high schools, police departments to help prevent drug abuse

Toledo, OH, 2016-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today it would make the opioid overdose reversal medicine naloxone available without a prescription at all CVS Pharmacy locations across Ohio beginning in late March 2016.  White House National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp joined CVS Health in making the announcement at a press conference in Toledo today.

“Naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses and by expanding access to this medication in our Ohio pharmacies by the use of a physician’s standing order for patients without a prescription, we can help save lives,” said Tom Davis, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Professional Practices at CVS Pharmacy. “We support expanding naloxone availability and we applaud the State of Ohio for its leadership in the fight against drug abuse and addiction.”

“Today’s announcement builds on the commitment CVS Health made last October when President Obama announced new public and private sector actions to address prescription drug abuse and heroin use,” said White House Director of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli. “Expanding access to the lifesaving overdose-reversal drug naloxone is a critical part of our national strategy to stop the opioid overdose epidemic, along with effective enforcement, prevention, and treatment.”

“By making naloxone available at their stores without an individual prescription, CVS Pharmacies will be helping to put a  life-saving tool in the hands of Ohioans who may have a family member or someone close to them suffering from an opiate addiction,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.  “Many of our first responders carry naloxone, but having it available on a wider basis could get help to someone who is overdosing even more quickly.”

“It shouldn’t be easier for Ohioans to get opioids than it is to get life-saving medication necessary to stop overdoses,” said U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, who has partnered with CVS Health on several efforts to curb prescription drug abuse, including the Stopping Medication Abuse and Protecting Seniors Act, which would allow pharmacies to use drug-management programs in Medicare.‎ “‎As trusted institutions in the community, pharmacies have an important role to play in our collective fight against addiction to opioids and heroin. CVS Health’s commitment to solving this problem by making overdose-reversing medications available to patients, first responders, and caregivers without an individual prescription shows it takes this responsibility seriously.‎ We need to use every resource available to prevent and treat addiction and drug overdoses and help save lives in Toledo and across Ohio, and I will continue to work with my colleagues, the Administration, and community members to fight this public health crisis.”

“By increasing access to the life-saving drug naloxone, we can help bring more people back from the grips of overdoses,” U.S. Senator Rob Portman stated. “This marks an important step in our fight to combat addiction and I will continue to work for a bottom-up, comprehensive approach to the heroin epidemic.”

CVS Health is also providing the opportunity for law enforcement agencies in Ohio to apply to receive a drug collection unit to help local communities safely dispose of unwanted medications, including controlled substances.  Through the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, a joint effort of CVS Pharmacy and The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, more than 20 drug disposal units donated across Ohio have collected more than 4,000 pounds of unwanted medications since September 2014.  And nation-wide, the program has donated more than 500 drug collection units and collected more than 28 metric tons of unwanted medications.

In the Toledo area, the Safer Communities program has donated drug collection units to the Ottawa Hills Police Department, the City of Oregon Police Department and the Lucas County Coroner’s Office.  Law enforcement officials can learn more about the program and apply for a unit here or by calling 866-559-8830.

Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp said “Saving the lives of our family, friends, and neighbors is imperative and any tools to help combat the current heroin epidemic in our communities should be embraced.”

CVS Health is also highlighting its community outreach program called “Pharmacists Teach,” which gives high school students the opportunity to hear from local CVS pharmacists about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.  School administrators in Ohio can learn more about this opportunity and request to participate in the program by emailing ProfessionalPracticeRetail@cvscaremark.com.  Nation-wide, more than 5,000 students have already participated in the program.

CVS Health’s move to increase access to naloxone in Ohio comes in addition to more than a dozen states where naloxone is already available without a prescription at CVS Pharmacy locations including Arkansas, California, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,500 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:

Erin Shields Britt
Corporate Communications
(401) 770-9237
Erin.Britt@CVSHealth.com