Plans include protocols for communications, inventory management and
WINNIPEG, May 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Manitobans can be assured that their
independent pharmacy is taking steps to maintain drug supplies for
their patients in the event of catastrophic spring flooding.
Last week pharmacist-owned pharmaceutical distributor Procurity,
supplier of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications to
about 90% of Manitoba's independent pharmacies, submitted its 2013 Spring Flood Preparedness Plan with the office of Health Emergency Management.
"As we are owned by Manitoba pharmacists we are especially dedicated to
doing everything possible to maintain continuity of drug supply to our
retail pharmacists and, by extension, to the patients in the
communities they serve," said Procurity CEO Wayne Rivers.
"Our goal is to provide information and resources to promote and
facilitate pharmaceutical care during a crisis, support and assist
retail pharmacists in affected areas, and maintain public confidence in
the drug supply," added Rivers.
The plan establishes protocols to support continuity of drug supply in
the event that flooding damages critical infrastructure. It focuses on
communications, inventory management, and emergency medication
distribution; all critical to delivering and maintaining access to
pharmaceutical care in times of crisis. The plan also respects
provincial and national disaster management protocols, standards, and
Procurity is the purchasing, distribution, and marketing arm for a
network of pharmacies across Canada. Procurity pharmacy retailers
include CounterWise Drug Marts and CounterCare Pharmacies which operate
in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario.
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