Discount Drug Mart helps customers avoid sunburn when taking certain medicationsthat increase sensitivity to sunlight; preventing their risk of skin cancer.
Discount Drug Mart, Inc. proudly announces the launch of their Sun Sense safety awareness program for the 3rd consecutive year.
Sun Sense is a program run exclusively through Discount Drug Mart during the summer months that brings awareness to pharmacy customers about the potential hazard the sun may posewhen taking medications that cause photosensitivity.
“There are currently over 200 drugs that may cause photosensitive reactions to the sun, making patients more prone to sunburns; therefore increasing their risk of skin cancer,” states Pete Ratycz R.Ph., V.P. of Pharmacy at Discount Drug Mart. Discount Drug Mart takes a proactive approach with the Sun Sense program to help patients and their families become more aware of the possible danger. Starting in May, a free sample of sunscreen will be given to patients who fill a prescription for a medication which has been identified to possibly cause photosensitivity.
According to the American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures 2008, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States with more than one million skin cancers diagnosed annually.
“These statistics are staggering and Discount Drug Mart believes that we have a responsibility to do what we can to help make a change,” stated Ratycz. “This Sun Sense program in stores will help educate patients and this customer education is a critical step in the prevention of skin cancer.”
Discount Drug Mart currently has 72 stores in over 20 counties across Ohio including Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati.
The company slogan and their well-known jingle says it all: “Discount Drug Mart Saves You the Runaround…We Have Everything You Need.”
Made available through the pharmacy is a $1.99 and $3.99 generic prescription program which includes many medications that will be accompanied by free samples of sunscreen this summer.