Archive Links

Consumer Archive
CU System Archive
Market Archive
Products Archive
Washington Archive

News Now

CU System
Drill tests drive-thrus as pandemic medicine distributors
TOOELE, Utah (3/24/09)--Heritage West FCU was among the financial institutions involved in a county health pandemic drill that focused on distributing medicine through drive-throughs at financial institutions. The Tooele (Utah) County Health Department, which set up the drill Saturday, tested the use of credit union and bank drive-through windows to disseminate anti-viral medications to the public in the event of a flu pandemic, bioterrorism attack or other disaster (Deseret News March 22). Tooele residents participated by driving up to the window and sending a filled-out form through the pneumatic,cash-handling tube. The "medication"--a new gold dollar for each person in the vehicle--was placed in a prepared envelope by a public health nurse, under the direction of a pharmacist, and sent back through the tube to the vehicle. Health officials told the publication that 60% to 70% of the population could go through a nonmedical model to receive medication by driving in and out with directions on how to take the medicine. The drive-through model would reduce risk to exposure and provide an efficient way to dispense medication, which would be critical to saving the greatest number of lives, they said. The exercise in Tooele and a similar one in Grantsville served 809 cars, with 2,369 gold dollars given out in about two hours. The only difficulty: Getting sufficient size or amount of medication through the pneumatic tubes. The officials plan to work on packaging.


RSS print
News Now LiveWire
#FreeGasFriday courtesy of @tvfcu, TN #creditunions http://t.co/wDRFYJVlpz
10 hours ago
If you were unable to watch or attend @cuna 's @thehill Hill forum on Wed., you can now watch the archived version: http://t.co/FhUnp7HbU8
11 hours ago
Time is running out. If you haven't taken the #NewsNow readership survey, please click here now: http://t.co/4Gp6C2Wa4o
11 hours ago
African financial inclusion possible with mobile money: @IMFNews study http://t.co/0V5DTQToxY
12 hours ago
Louise Herring's birthday is Saturday. 105 years later, her legacy lives on through her kids http://t.co/oMqGADmo0d http://t.co/T3NmS9NqEY
13 hours ago