The Department of Health and Human Services yesterday announced that it has activated its Emergency Prescription Assistance Program in Florida, allowing thousands of uninsured Floridians access to no-cost replacements of critical medications lost or damaged by Hurricane Michael. “I encourage citizens in Florida who can use this assistance to take advantage of it to ensure they have an adequate supply of the medicines they need,” said HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Robert Kadlec, M.D., whose office manages the program. Those needing certain prescription medications can obtain a 30-day supply at any EPAP participating pharmacy through Nov. 15. Uninsured patients also may use the program to replace specific medical supplies, vaccines or medical equipment damaged or lost as a direct result of Hurricane Michael.