CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today 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.
There is no cost to participate and compensation is provided. Children must have parental permission.
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A 911 call saved my life
When I walked into the locker room at work, I realized something was wrong. I couldn’t speak. I tried to pick up my lock, but my right hand couldn’t grab it. One of my co-workers noticed something was wrong and asked if I could write. With my left hand, I scribbled 911 on a piece of paper.
The YELLOW DOT PROGRAM is the first of its kind in the State of Alabama. The program offers participants a way to give vital information to first responders in the event they are unable to physically or verbally communicate. It is a FREE service provided to individuals of all ages, however it was created to assist the senior citizen community. Participants of the program will have their picture taken, complete a personal information form and will be given a Yellow Dot folder and decal. All of the vital information will be placed into the folder and then into the glove box of their car.
What sort of flu season are we having? It’s not possible to say at this point what the rest of this flu season will be like. While flu spreads every year, the timing, severity, and length of the season usually varies from one season to another. As of late December, all national key flu indicators are elevated and about half of the country is experiencing high flu activity. Flu activity is expected to continue into the coming weeks, with increases occurring especially in those states that have not yet had significant activity.
Tips for Increasing Physical Activity
Make physical activity a regular part of the day
Choose activities that you enjoy and can do regularly. Fitting activity into a daily routine can be easy — such as taking a brisk 10 minute walk to and from the parking lot, bus stop, or subway station. Or, join an exercise class. Keep it interesting by trying something different on alternate days. Every little bit adds up and doing something is better than doing nothing.