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Walgreens Lowers Price on Items to Prevent Zika

By on March 8, 2016

SAN JUAN – In an effort to curb the spread of Zika virus disease in Puerto Rico, Walgreens is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CDC Foundation to educate the public on preventive steps to avoid Zika. In addition, the company is making a $100,000 donation to the CDC Foundation to aid its Zika virus education and prevention efforts.

All of Walgreens; 120 drugstores on the island have begun dedicating a space to provide information on CDC-recommended steps to prevent the spread of Zika. The CDC, along with other health agencies, is investigating the association between Zika and microcephaly, a birth defect in which the baby’s head is smaller than expected and often has a smaller brain that may not have developed properly.

“As a pharmacy that champions everyone’s right to be happy and healthy, we are well positioned to address concerns about how anyone can protect themselves and their families from Zika, while also providing many CDC-recommended prevention products,” said Walgreens President of Pharmacy and Retail Operations Richard Ashworth. “We’re proud to work closely with the CDC and the CDC Foundation to expand their efforts to prevent the spread of this disease.”

The CDC Foundation advances the mission of the CDC through philanthropy and public-private partnerships.

“These efforts in reaching women with prevention messaging at a critical stage will help in protecting people,” said Dr. Judith Monroe, president and CEO of the CDC Foundation.

To make Zika virus prevention products easily available and more affordable, Walgreens has lowered the price on CDC-recommended items in its Puerto Rico stores, including insect repellent with DEET, condoms and thermometers to monitor for fever.

As growing medical evidence suggests Zika may be sexually transmitted, the CDC recommends women, especially those who are pregnant or may become pregnant, and men who have traveled to or lived in an area with Zika virus, abstain from sex or use condoms during sex.

Currently, no vaccine exists to prevent or treat Zika virus. The World Health Organization recently called Zika a public health emergency of international concern and is seeking to develop vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics to combat the disease. According to the CDC, the most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain or conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by a mosquito.

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