CANO HEALTH PREPARED TO FILL HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE PRESCRIPTIONS FOR ITS SYMPTOMATIC PATIENTS; INTENDS TO QUICKLY EXPAND EFFORTS TO WIDER COMMUNITY
MIAMI, March 24, 2020 – In order to curb the COVID-19 surge and help protect its community, Cano Health, LLC today announced that it is ready to fill Hydroxychloroquine prescriptions as part of comprehensive treatment of its symptomatic patients and staff in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Hillsborough counties.
In recent weeks the company has significantly expanded its telemedicine and pharmacy home delivery programs and has worked around the clock with suppliers with the intent of quickly offering the drug as both prophylaxis (prevention) and treatment to its wider patient base and community at large.
Individuals interested in Hydroxychloroquine must be seen by a Cano Health clinician who will determine if they meet the criteria for treatment. Through Cano Health’s telemedicine program, patients presenting symptoms will be given a virtual appointment after they are registered on the company’s medical system. They will be evaluated by a clinician who will prescribe the medication if warranted.
Patients will then be given the choice of picking up the prescription at their local pharmacies; or having it home delivered via Cano Pharmacy, alleviating undue exposure.
Hydroxychloroquine is approved by the Federal Drug and Food Administration (FDA) for the treatment of Malaria, Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis. While not yet approved by the FDA for COVID-19, physicians may prescribe the drug under FDA rules for “compassionate use.” However, each patient may respond differently to the medication and should consult with his or her physician regarding the risks and benefits of treatment. Also, prescribing the medication is not meant as a substitute for advanced care or for following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines such as social distancing and basic sanitation.
STAY AT HOME
Cano Health continues urging individuals who are presenting any mild COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms to stay home and call 800.201.6595. This number will be staffed by clinicians who will triage patients, as appropriate.
HELP FOR THE COMMUNITY
In coming days Cano Health intends to expand availability of Hydroxychloroquine prescriptions to the community at large. Those wishing to make a virtual appointment through the company’s telemedicine program can call 800.201.6595 or visit CanoHealth.com.
“These efforts will prevent patients with mild or moderate symptoms going to the emergency room or urgent care and overwhelming the system while potentially infecting the sickest patients,” said Dr. Marlow Hernandez-Cano, CEO of Cano Health. “Combined with social distancing, telemedicine and a proactive approach, this treatment may save many lives.”
About Cano Health
Cano Health, LLC operates 46 primary care centers and several pharmacies in Florida that specialize in primary care for older adults. As part of its care coordination, the enterprise provides sophisticated, high-touch population health management programs including patient-centric programs such as home visits, telehealth, transition of care, and high-risk & complex care management. Cano Health’s personalized patient care and proactive approach to wellness and preventive care sets it apart.
For more information visit www.canohealth.com.