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Hurricane Florence Support

Hurricane Florence Support

MedImpact Activates Natural Disaster Response and Provides Emergency Medication Tips

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As life-threatening Hurricane Florence forces mass evacuations of more than a million people on the East Coast, MedImpact offers emergency medication tips and provides comprehensive natural disaster support to clients and members.

In the midst of a natural disaster, people primarily focus on protecting their families, properties and staying safe — leaving little time to prepare for prescription medication adherence and safety.

As millions of Americans face uncertainty as Hurricane Florence surges toward the East Coast, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reminds the public that health and wellness can be threatened if you lose access to prescription medications or your local pharmacy.
 
MedImpact currently features a message of support on www.medimpact.com in response to Hurricane Florence and a link to our website specifically designed to help members who need replacement medications. The website provides a simple, accessible format to guide members on how to work with both their current pharmacy and a new pharmacy to obtain replacement medications. The website allows members to quickly and easily:

  • Obtain a list of current medications using only first/last name, DOB and member #
  • Access a user-friendly mobile platform that does not require installing an app
  • See guidelines on natural disaster preparation and how to create a medication list and emergency medication plan
  • Link to Ready.Gov for detailed tips on building an emergency kit
  • Check Rx Open to help find nearby open pharmacies
 

Preparing for a Natural Disaster

Hurricanes, floods, wildfires and other natural disasters can have a devastating impact when they strike. If you live in an area that frequently experiences natural disasters, MedImpact encourages you to take the following steps to prepare:

  1. Agree on a Plan
    Create and discuss an evacuation plan with your family before a disaster happens.
  2. Prepare an Emergency Kit
    Create a kit that’s easy take with you in case you need to leave home on short notice. Ready.Gov provides tips on building an emergency kit.
  3. Managing Your Medications
    Create a plan to gather your medications in advance. Make a detailed list of your medications in an emergency kit. Include a detailed list of your doctors’ names and contact information. Print or save the lists to your phone so you can show it to the pharmacist if you need emergency refills. Keep a copy of the lists in a waterproof bag and store one at home, in your car and at work.
  4. Special Tips for Specialty Patients
    Patients who take specialty medications to treat chronic, complex conditions should prepare a comprehensive plan to ensure they have access to life-savings medications. For example, if you take refrigerated medications like insulin, you should have an ice pack to keep your medicine cold, preferably in a sealed bag. If you lose power or have to evacuate immediately, you can grab the ice pack and go.

    If your power has been out for an extended amount of time, remember that refrigerated and frozen medications may no longer be safe or effective as prescription drugs can be altered and contaminated after exposure to extreme temperatures or water damage.

    The FDA advises that once replacement drugs are available, potentially contaminated drugs should be disposed of immediately.
  5. Plan Ahead to Stay Safe & Healthy
    Preparing for natural disasters ensures that you stay safe and healthy and avoid life-threatening situations. Pre-planning is especially important if you’re on a specialty drug regimens as nonadherence may be life-threatening for certain conditions.

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