Tips For Storing Medicine at Your Home

Michael Rhodes MD is the Assistant Medical Director for South Region at Intermountain Healthcare. He understands the importance of being prepared in case of an emergency. He is a long-time advocate of emergency preparedness and the father of two children with asthma and diabetes so he understands the importance of having prescription medication on hand in case of an emergency.

How much should you store?

Dr. Rhodes suggests that you have a minimum of three days supply of medicines in your disaster kit . He also recommends that you have a 30-day supply.

Dr. Rhodes says that the victims of the recent Alberta fire were taken from their homes for several weeks. It takes time to adjust to a new location and establish a relationship. If you have chronic medical conditions, the doctor will need to check your medical history before granting you a prescription. It is smart to keep more than you think you will need.

Talking to your doctor about emergency preparedness is the first step.

Dr. Rhodes advises, “Ask your physician for an additional prescription. Explain what you are doing and inform your doctor that the medication will be going into storage.” You may have to pay out-of-pocket because not all insurance companies will cover 30-day supplies. Ask your doctor if you can get a generic replacement for expensive medication.

Storing medication

These are his other suggestions for how to store medication:

Talk to your doctor about tablet or pill medications as they last longer than liquid forms. To preserve their effectiveness, seal the pills with a vacuum sealer and keep them in a dry, cool place. According to Dr. Rhodes, pills can be kept for up to two years after expiration under these conditions.

Keep a mortar-and-pestle in your emergency kit for liquid medication. The mortar and pestle can be used to break down crystals in liquid medications and reconstitute them.

Make sure to label all medication clearly. This is so that if you become incapacitated or are unable to take the medicine yourself, someone else can give it to you. This means that you should label the medication clearly, stating who it is for, when it is taken, and any other instructions.

Keep refrigerated medicines (like insulin) in a Ziploc baggie inside your toilet tank. The fridge can be kept cold from the power outage for between 12-24 hours. You can then keep the medication cool in the tank at the toilet. It is about 15-20 degrees cooler than the ambient temperature.

Discuss with your doctor a prescription for an Epi-pen, if you have severe allergies to peanuts or bees. If kept in a dry, cool place, the pen should last one year.
It is important to keep your medication supply current every 1 to 2 years. Even under ideal conditions, medications don’t last forever.

You can also check out pharmaceutical warehousing.

Drugs damaged by improper storage will definitely cause losses. Also, it is important to properly manage expired or damaged drugs. You can keep medicines safe and sound until their expiration date.

You should store it in an area that isn’t easily accessible by children or pets

Storing drugs in the right spot is a way of preventing them from getting lost, accidentally thrown away or being damaged. First, make sure you keep it safe.

Containers for meeting together with etiquette

Every drug has its own rules of how to use, store, and compose it. This is known as etiquette. It is important to keep the medicine in a sealed container. The potential for damage is smaller the tighter the container. Pay attention to the following tips as they relate to temperature and drug preparations.

Store in cool places and avoid direct sunlight

Most drugs bought without a prescription from a doctor are usually accompanied with a label for storage. Medicines should be kept in cool places and not exposed to sunlight.

Avoid storing in damp areas

Drugs that are stored in dry or humid environments will be more likely to suffer from damage. Even if the drug is not expired, it can be damaged and less effective. Avoid storing capsules in hot, humid, or other unstable temperatures, such as in a car for long periods.

Attention to the storage time for eye medicine

Eye medication comes in three types: drops, gel and ointment. Drops and ointments can be divided into single-dose and multi-dose. A single dose is usually packaged once, and it is only usable for 3 days if it is not used.

Drops and ointments for multi-dose can be kept in the container for 1 month. The effectiveness of the drug may also be affected by other factors.