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

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.

Media Contact:

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

Brian Coy
Director of Communications
Office of the Governor
Brian.Coy@governor.virginia.gov

SOURCE CVS Health