The SHWC staff wanted students to have access to a curated selection of over-the-counter products thatwe 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
Triple Antibiotic Ointment
Bacitracin Zinc, Neomycin Sulfate, Polymyxin B Sulfate
Infection protection for minor cuts, scrapes, and burns
Motion sickness, nausea, dizziness, and vertigo
APAP Non-Aspirin Tablets
Pain & fever
Difficulty sleeping after an altered sleep schedule or concussion
Athlete’s Foot Cream
Fungal skin infections, like athlete’s foot, ring worm, and jock itch
Heartburn and acid indigestion
Sneezing, itchy eyes and itchy skin due to allergies
Allergic reactions like hives/itchy rashes, bug bites, and mild food allergies, may cause drowsiness
Pain, muscle/joint inflammation & fevers
Acetaminophen, Aspirin, Caffeine
Headache pain plus nausea and sensitivity to light and/or sound
All Day Pain Relief
Pain/inflammation in muscles/joints
Short-term stuffy/runny nose due to illness
Fluticasone Nasal Spray
Longer-term stuffy nose due to seasonal allergies or sinus infections
Saline Nasal Spray
Stuffy nose or dry/bloody nose
Trojan ENZ Condoms
Protection from sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies
Pregnancy Test Kit
Emergency contraception, most effective when taken within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse
First Aid Kit
Bandages, Gauze Pads, Alcohol Pads
Minor cuts, scrapes, and burns
Tampax Pocket Radiant Tampons
Comfort and leak protection during menstrual cycle
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.