The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy has received confirmation that emergency prescription needs will be taken care of for Hurricane Katrina evacuees without means to pay for their medications. 

Hurricane Katrina evacuees can go to any Wal-Mart, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreen’s or Kroger’s pharmacy inLouisiana or around the country to have their prescriptions filled based on patients' emergency needs.

Nurses and doctors who have authority to write prescriptions and are treating patients in special needs shelters as part of the recovery effort can send their patients’ prescriptions to these pharmacies to be filled.

The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy and the Department of Health would like to invite pharmacies across the state to participate in a similar effort. Federal relief and participation from pharmaceutical manufacturers is being sought to cover the costs of the medication. Other pharmacies interested in participating will need to contact the Board of Pharmacy at (225) 925-6496.

For more information on the recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina,