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Prescription Drugs

Prescription Drugs

Postby Elizabeth » Tue Mar 02, 2010 3:25 am

Prescription Meds- The Achilles Heal
I recently was diagnosed with Kidney Stones. While waiting in line for my Vicoden, Ibuprofen, and various other prescriptions, I asked the pharmacist how I would get a prescription if there were no power. “You wouldn’t!” was his reply. No power, no way to verify the prescription, or check for dangerous interactions between other drugs. Most of their equipment was also electric, including their counter, and their mixer. They didn’t even have a mortar and pestle.
Medicine during an emergency is essential, yet very little has been set up in order to allow the general public access to it. Here are some tips to plan ahead:
1. Always photocopy and keep all prescriptions; If the power is down, and the computers are unavailable, this may be the only way to be able to convince a pharmacist.
2. Always keep a well stocked first aid kit, with plenty of over the counter medications for all situations, including pain relief, fever, nausea, poison control, cold symptoms, and allergies.
3. Always have a little extra cash squirreled away. Remember, if the power is out, the ATM’s will be down too!
4. Locate and map out the local pharmacy. Make sure they have hand tools to be able to grind or blend. Smaller, privately owned pharmacies are better equipped for this kind of service than the chains.
5. If you are dependent upon a constant supply of a certain prescription, then make sure to have a 30 day supply always available.
6. Plan ahead with storage; if your medicine needs to be refrigerated, where will you put it if the power is out? Spoiled medicine is just as bad as no medicine at all.
Knowledge and preparation are key- both my wife and I have attended Red Cross First Aid classes, and I plan on taking an emergency medicine course. We want to be as self-reliant as possible, when it comes to basic medical emergencies. We keep multiple first aid books in the house, and practice what we preach. We have also recently started a first aid garden, with many homeopathic remedies available.
Also consider your location, your comfort level in medical emergencies, and your ability to get help, whether it’s a hospital, or just a knowledgeable friend. Reply With Quote
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While many are familiar with the KISS principle (Keep It Simple Stupid), one of my favorites is Ockham's razor (basically the simplest explanation tends to be the best one). Many forums have been dedicated to TEOTWAWKI, yet how many of us are prepared for the inconveniences of life, i.e. recent weather events that may make travel dangerous (ice, extreme cold, etc), overtime at work, unexpected illnesses, etc?

Regarding prescription medications:
1. Have a 30-day supply ON HAND! This offers a cushion when the supply is interrupted, whether from the patient's side, i.e. forgetting to call-in the refill, forgetting to pick up the refill on time and during business hours, etc. or from the pharmacy side, i.e. the manufacturer is behind schedule (Tamiflu shortages in September 2009), trucking strike, etc. Be aware that most insurances will not pay for this 30-day cushion. In this case, tell your doctor what you are doing and ask for samples to make a "30-day pack." If no samples are available, ask your doctor if generics could be used in an emergency. If so, ask for a prescription (30-day supply) of the generic and pay for cash (this would NOT go into your rotation).
2. Scan prescription paperwork (primarily the flat label) onto your computer. This provides an easy way to document your medicines, dosages, and instructions. Also documented will be the prescriber's name and the pharmacy and phone number where filled. I will discuss in more detail at a later date.
3. Store medications in a cool, dry place unless otherwise directed. Do NOT store in your car as heat degrades most medicines.
4. Always use the medication closest to expiration first. Ask the pharmacist to fill your prescription with the latest expiration date in stock. Based on expiration date, place the soon-to-be-expired medications into daily use and place the latest expiration date medication into your 30-day pack.

As a healthcare provider in the suburban setting, I know of NO pharmacist who would fill a prescription if the power was down as the system is technology-dependent. Therefore, the pharmacist would have no means to: 1) check drug-drug compatibility for those taking multiple medications, 2) ensure the prescription (especially one that has been photocopied) had not already been filled (i.e. more of a concern with narcotics), 3)comply with Federal regulations (Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990) requiring the patient receive an information sheet (known as "Pharmaceutical Care" in Texas, required as of January 1993). The pharmacist filling a legal prescription is another check in the medical process to ensure the patient does NOT receive a medication that may cause an allergic reaction (potentially fatal)from the new medication or a drug-drug reaction (potentially fatal) with existing medications.

In conclusion, discuss your concerns and ideas with your healthcare professional. We, in the healthcare field, want the best for our patients and appreciate patients who have thought potential problems through. After all, you, as the patient, have the most to gain or lose in this scenario.
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Re: Prescription Drugs

Postby ElaineThomas1 » Thu May 19, 2016 6:31 am

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