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BURROUGHS WELLCOME CO. SUPPORTS HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORT

 BURROUGHS WELLCOME CO. SUPPORTS HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORT
 RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- To support the


restoration of critical services and supplies, Burroughs Wellcome Co. is working through several State and local government and voluntary agencies in hurricane relief operations in Florida and Louisiana. The company expects to donate more than $850,000 in products and cash. Free disaster relief packets of Burroughs Wellcome's most commonly-stocked pharmaceutical products will be provided to all pharmacies that suffered losses to their pharmaceutical departments as a result of the hurricane.
 According to Dr. Ray Wolf, director of pharmacy relations at Burroughs Wellcome, the company will begin shipping packets immediately to affected pharmacies whose premises are still standing and are in business, or operating out of temporary quarters. Pharmacies totally destroyed will be offered the relief package when they resume operation.
 In addition to restocking damaged pharmacies, Burroughs Wellcome is donating several of its most frequently prescribed products through the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services (HRS) for use south of Miami, where the need for medical supplies is greatest. Product shipments have already begun. Clinics and health professionals may request specific products through HRS. State officials are coordinating deliveries to requesters by military caravans.
 Among the donated Burroughs Wellcome prescription products are: Zovirax brand acyclovir, Retrovir brand zidovudine, Septra brand trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole, Lanoxin brand digoxin, Wellcovorin brand leucovorin calcium, and Mantadil brand chlorcyclizine hydrochloride, hydrocortisone acetate. Burroughs Wellcome is also donating several of its over-the-counter medications, including Sudafed and Actifed brand sinus and cold products, Polysporin and Neosporin antibiotic first aid products, and Empirin analgesic pain reliever.
 Burroughs Wellcome's professional sales representatives in the hurricane-ravaged areas in Florida and Louisiana are working with community-based volunteer groups and AIDS service organizations to identify needs and coordinate distribution of corporate cash donations and goods donated by employees. "We are grateful to Burroughs Wellcome for their support," said Don Sanderson, business manager for Cure AIDS Now, an organization providing case management, counseling, referral, and meal services to AIDS patients throughout Dade County. "The need here for our comprehensive case management services for people living with AIDS has grown exponentially. The grant will help us reach them with much needed assistance," Sanderson said.
 The company has committed $100,000 in cash contributions to various relief groups based in the affected areas in Florida and Louisiana. Florida-based groups will share $75,000. Among the organizations to receive support are several church related charities and the Southeastern University of Health Sciences Disaster Relief Fund. PWA Coalition of Dade County and Cure AIDS Now will receive $10,000 each to help with their relief efforts for people with AIDS. In Louisiana, the company has contributed $25,000 to several agencies, including $10,000 to St. Jules Catholic Church in Franklin to provide food, shelter and other emergency needs for local residents.
 Burroughs Wellcome Co. employees have organized an in-kind contribution drive to collect food, diapers, personal care products and other items for hurricane victims. The company and L.J. Rogers Trucking will provide two trucks to deliver goods to relief officials in Miami and Louisiana next week.
 Burroughs Wellcome Co., headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C., researches, develops, manufactures and markets pharmaceutical products. The company is the U.S. subsidiary of The Wellcome Foundation Ltd. (Wellcome plc) of London.
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 /CONTACT: Kristine Dewar, 919-248-4597, or Sharon Bickus, 919-248-8611, both of Burroughs Wellcome Co./ CO: Burroughs Wellcome Co. ST: North Carolina IN: MTC SU:


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