Accessing Medication for Those in Need

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Patient Assist VI, Inc. (PAVI) is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Tax ID 66-0793071) whose mission is to help patients attain prescription drug medications that would otherwise be unattainable due to income limitations.

Medications are provided through pharmaceutical assistance programs and charitable foundations. We also pay for patients medications when necessary.  We provide patients with information regarding drug discount programs.

We interact with other nonprofits here in St. Thomas and St. John and in the states to utilize every resource available to help a patient.  Expansion to St. Croix is underway.

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Please see the below information from VITEMA. Stay safe!Good Afternoon, this is Daryl D. Jaschen, Director of the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency, with an update on Tropical Storm Laura which effective 11 am today, changed direction on its path to pass between St. Thomas and St. Croix districts later this evening.
The US Virgin Islands went under a Tropical Storm Warning at 11 am today.
As of the 2 pm update by the National Hurricane Center, the storm is located
17.0 N
60.8 W
And moving 18 mph West.
Maximum Sustained Winds:45 mph.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles from the center
The concerns to the Territory from TS Laura are both rain and winds, with the St. Thomas district anticipated to receive 3-6 inches of rain and a 61 percent chance of having sustained tropical storm force winds of between 39 mph to 57 mph. For the St. Croix district, projections are 3-6 inches of rain and a 38 percent chance of tropical storm force winds.
The outer bands of the storm are project to begin impacting the Territory this evening by 8 pm and lasting throughout the night and into early morning.
If you live in flood prone areas, plan now to evacuate to a safe area with friends, and be sure to practice social distancing and wear masks. There will be no shelters open for the passing of Tropical Storm Laura.

If you have questions or concern, please contact VITEMA on St. Croix at 340 773-2244, on St. Thomas at 340 774-2244, or on St. John at 340 776-2244. Thank you.
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VITEMA has announced sandbag distribution in the territory! Don't wait until a storm is here - be prepared!The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) is announcing that sandbags and sand will be distributed territorywide on

Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, and Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020,
to residents whose property is susceptible to flooding.

“Normally, we issue sandbags and sand only when there is an imminent threat of flooding during the hurricane season,” said Daryl Jaschen, VITEMA Director. “However, in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to take precautions to protect both personnel working at our distribution sites and the general public, we have adjusted our procedures to distribute sandbags and sand safely under blue skies – where there is no immediate threat of flooding.”

VITEMA, in collaboration with the departments of Public Works, Health and Police and the V.I. Fire Service, has updated the territory’s Sandbag Distribution Plan to include new protocols specific to the dynamic nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new guidelines direct that mitigation strategies such as social distancing, increased hygiene, and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), be followed during the distribution of sandbags and sand. All personnel providing support at distribution sites are required to don PPEs and social distance in accordance with the VI Department of Health’s guidance.

Sandbags and sand will be distributed between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, and Tuesday, August 18, 2020, to residents only, and a total of six (6) bags will be allotted per household. Residents will be required to place the sand in sandbags themselves, however, special assistance will be given to the elderly and the physically challenged population.

Sandbags and sand will be distributed at the following sites:

St. Croix
Department of Public Works, Estate Anna’s Hope
Department of Public Works, Estate Concordia West
Renceliar Gibbs Fire Station, Cotton Valley
Charles A. Seales Fire Station, Grove Place

St. Thomas
Department of Public Works, Subbase
Fortuna Fire Station
Curriculum Center (Tutu)
Omar Brown Fire Station, Estate Taarneberg

St. John
Coral Bay Fire Station
Department of Public Works, Susannaberg

According to Director Jaschen, this month’s distribution does not government agencies or departments, which will be scheduled at a later date. The director is also reminding the public that is illegal to remove sand from beaches.

For more information call VITEMA at 340-773-2244 on St. Croix, 340-774-2244 on St. Thomas or 340-776-2244 on St. John.
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Great reminders from Virgin Islands Department of Health for all of our diabetic patients and those caring for them!Managing diabetes can be even harder when you are dealing with a major storm, loss of electricity, and possible evacuation from your home. Building a “diabetes kit” now can save a lot of worry and time when a disaster strike. ... See MoreSee Less

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Stay aware and make sure you’ve signed up for alerts with VITEMA!8 P.M. : Potential Tropical Cyclone 9. Tropical Storm Warning in effect for PR and USVI.
Potencial Ciclón Tropical 9. Aviso de Tormenta Tropical en efecto para PR y USVI.
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A great reminder from VITEMA that your hurricane kits should include healthcare items as well! Please make sure you're stocked up on your prescription medication refills, hand sanitizer, masks and more!COVID-19 Emergency Kits:

This year's hurricane preparedness kits may need an update. In the event that you fall ill during a storm or its aftermath, the following items may be useful for your home's preparedness plan:

Soaps/Detergent/Disinfectant
Paper towels
Face masks/gloves
Hand sanitizer
Cough drops
Acetaminophen
Thermometer
Canned soups
Gatorade or coconut water
Avocados
Dried Bananas and apples
Honey
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