The Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC) staff is pleased to announce the installation of a a new “wellness–to–go” vending machine near the Homewood campus.
The SHWC staff wanted students to have access to a curated selection of over-the-counter products that we recommend as healthcare professionals. We also wanted to ensure that they were getting these items at the lowest possible cost. It’s located in the ground level lobby of 1 East 31st Street, the same building where the SHWC is also located. The machine is in the vestibule next to the elevator.
The machine is regularly stocked with over-the-counter medications and other wellness supplies at prices well below what you’d pay at a retail pharmacy. The products are available to all J-Card users and only accepts payments from J-Cash.
Here’s a helpful chart of what’s available for sale, comparable branded products, relevant uses, and prices.
For example, levonorgestrel (generic Plan B) can cost as much as $60 at a pharmacy. The wellness-to-go vending machine sells it for $8. We want students to have access to this medication at any time and without needing to see a provider first (if that is their preference).
|Vending Machine #||Name of Product||Contains||Compare To||Helps With||Price|
|110||Triple Antibiotic Ointment||Bacitracin Zinc, Neomycin Sulfate, Polymyxin B Sulfate||Neosporin||Infection protection for minor cuts, scrapes, and burns||$2
|112||Bonine||Meclizine||Antivert||Motion sickness, nausea, dizziness, and vertigo||$5
|113||APAP Non-Aspirin Tablets||Acetaminophen||Tylenol||Pain & fever||$2
|114||Melatonin||Melatonin||N/A||Difficulty sleeping after an altered sleep schedule or concussion||$2|
|120||Athlete’s Foot Cream||Terbinafine||Lamisil||Fungal skin infections, like athlete’s foot, ring worm, and jock itch||$8|
|122||Tums||Calcium Carbonate||N/A||Heartburn and acid indigestion||$2|
|123||Cetirizine||Cetirizine||Zyrtec||Sneezing, itchy eyes and itchy skin due to allergies||$6|
|124||Allergy||Diphenhydramine||Benadryl||Allergic reactions like hives/itchy rashes, bug bites, and mild food allergies, may cause drowsiness||$2|
|130||Ibuprofen||Ibuprofen||Advil||Pain, muscle/joint inflammation & fevers||$2|
|131||Headache Relief||Acetaminophen, Aspirin, Caffeine||Excedrin Migraine||Headache pain plus nausea and sensitivity to light and/or sound||$2|
|132||All Day Pain Relief||Naproxen||Aleve||Pain/inflammation in muscles/joints||$2|
|133||Nasal Relief||Oxymetazoline||Afrin||Short-term stuffy/runny nose due to illness||$2|
|134||Fluticasone Nasal Spray||Fluticasone Propionate||Flonase||Longer-term stuffy nose due to seasonal allergies or sinus infections||$8|
|135||Saline Nasal Spray||Sodium Chloride||N/A||Stuffy nose or dry/bloody nose||$2|
|140||Trojan ENZ Condoms||Lubricated Condoms||N/A||Protection from sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies||$2|
|142||Pregnancy Test||Pregnancy Test Kit||First Response||Diagnosing pregnancy||$4|
|144||EContra One-Step||Levonorgestrel||Plan B||Emergency contraception, most effective when taken within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse||$8|
|150||First Aid Kit||Bandages, Gauze Pads, Alcohol Pads||N/A||Minor cuts, scrapes, and burns||$2|
|152||Tampax Pocket Radiant Tampons||Tampons||N/A||Comfort and leak protection during menstrual cycle||$2|
|154||7 Day Vaginal Cream||Clotrimazole||Monistat||Vaginal yeast infections||$8|
|160||Pink Bismuth||Bismuth Subsalicylate||Pepto-Bismol||Diarrhea, nausea and upset stomach||$2|
|162||Hemorrhoidal Cream||Glycerin, Petrolatum, Phenylephrine Hydrochloride, Pramoxine Hydrochloride||Preparation H||Pain/inflammation related to hemorrhoids||$2|
|164||Hydrocortisone Cream||Hydrocortisone 1%||Cortizone||Rashes||$2|
We hope the medication vending machine allows students to get helpful items for their symptoms even when we are closed. We want all Hopkins students to be well so they can do well, and now it’s a little bit easier and a little bit cheaper to do so.