Navarro Pharmacy and COPD Foundation Offering Free Lung Tests at Grand Opening of North Miami Store

June 14, 2011

COPD Foundation
Ifdy Perez
866-731-2673, ext. 398


Navarro Pharmacy and COPD Foundation Offering Free Lung Tests at Grand Opening of the North Miami Store

COPD Foundation will be offering the public free testing for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease for Four Weeks on Wellness Wednesdays

Miami, FL – June 14th, 2011 – The COPD Foundation is collaborating with Navarro Pharmacy—the largest Hispanic pharmacy chain in the U.S.—to provide free lung testing at the grand opening of their North Miami store (13250 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL) for the general public. The store’s grand opening will be on June 29th. Beginning on that date, the COPD Foundation will be offering screenings on Wellness Wednesdays from 12-4PM for four consecutive weeks (June 29th, July 6th, July 13th, and July 20th).

“Navarro Pharmacy is one of the leading pharmacy chains in the U.S. and we are eager to bring the fruits of this collaboration to the Miami area,” says John Walsh, president and co-founder of the COPD Foundation. “COPD is a growing health concern in our area, and with Navarro’s help, we’ll be able to educate the South Florida community about the risks for COPD, how to identify symptoms, and how they can take action.”

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is one of the world’s largest healthcare concerns and its threat continues to worsen each year. According to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in December 2010, COPD is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. An estimated 24 million Americans live with COPD, and a total 210 million are affected worldwide. In Florida, it is estimated that more than one million individuals have COPD, at a cost to the state of over $950 million annually.

“As a neighborhood pharmacy, it is important for us to develop relationships with organizations that support our efforts in reaching out to the community and provide essential and preventative services for our customers in a convenient way,” says Cristy Leon-Rivero, Vice President of Marketing for Navarro Discount Pharmacy.

“For four weeks in June, the North Miami community will have the chance to learn about their lung health and general wellness—the first steps to improving the quality of their lives,” Walsh says. “This is an opportunity no one can afford to miss.”

The Foundation will also be offering free screenings and educational materials at other Navarro Pharmacy stores throughout the summer:
  • July 13th: Sunny Isles Store (18500 Collins Avenue)
  • August 13th, 20th, 27th and September 3rd: Homestead Store Grand Opening (2598 NE 10th Court)
  • August 17th: Flagler Store (5252 West Flagler Street)
  • October 2nd: Miracle Mile Store (93 Miracle Mile)
  • October 12th, 19th, 26th and November 2nd: Pembroke Pines Grand Opening (Address TBD)

About COPD
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only chronic disease growing in mortality. It affects approximately 24 million Americans but only 12 million are diagnosed. COPD includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and adult onset (refractory) asthma. Symptoms include breathlessness, wheezing, and chronic coughing. Visit or call 1-866-316-COPD (2673).