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Proper Storage

 

Proper Storage of Medicines
Various types of medications can be found in your homes. Medicines are very sensitive and can easily degrade when not stored properly. Thus, it is important to learn how to store your medicines appropriately.

Store your medications away from heat, light, and humidity. Medications and vitamins should be stored in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight or storage rooms affected by outdoor weather. Do not store them in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, above the stove, or in other dam places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down. Medicines sensitive to light should be placed in amber or dark colored bottles and kept in a dark place. If there is cotton in the bottle when you first open it, remove the cotton and throw it away. The cotton can absorb moisture and affect the medicine inside.

Do not store medicines in the refrigerator unless directed to do so.Place medicines in the refrigerator only if the pharmacist, label, or package insert advises refrigeration after opening. Keep them separate and away from food. Keep liquid medicines from freezing. Biological products and insulin must be kept in refrigerators (2-8°C) because they are easily damaged when placed in room temperature.
Insulin can easily degrade if it is frozen or too hot. Unopened bottles of insulin are best kept in the refrigerator. Open bottles, however, can be kept at room temperature, which also makes the injections more comfortable.

Keep your medications in their original container as much as possible so you are aware of the generic name, formulation, and expiration date. There is an exception for elderly or seriously ill patients who often need day-by-day pill boxes to help keep their dosages accurate. These should be stored in a cool, dry place as well.

Organize or store medications for different family members separately to avoid the risk of mistakenly taking the wrong medications.

Keep your medications and vitamins out of reach of children.

When traveling with medications, it is best to keep them in your carry-on luggage and in their original containers together with the prescriptions so that airport security personnel know that they were prescribed by a doctor.

Discard any medication that has expired or that your doctor has discontinued. Throw out the medication also if there is no label on the container. Discard any medication that has changed color, appearance, and consistency. Also discard creams, lotions, or liquids that have separated or crystallized. Make sure that discarded medications are out of reach of children and animals.

Do not share medications prescribed to you with others. Prescription medications are prescribed by doctors based on a person's individual medical history and condition.

Never flush medicines down the toilet or drain unless specifically instructed to do so because they might find a way into the water supply and cause pollution. Instead, mix the pills or liquid with coffee grounds, cat litter or another material that makes them unpalatable, and put them in an empty can or sealed bag before throwing them out.

All Generika Drugstores are airconditioned and we maintain proper storage conditions for all types of medications so you are assured of their quality, safety, efficacy and potency. If you have any questions, talk to your Generika Drugstore pharmacist. We're always happy to help. Alaga ka sa Generika!

Definition

A generic drug is a medicine that has gone off patent, therefore, it can be manufactured by any pharmaceutical company. It is the same as its brand-name drug, also known as the innovator, in terms of:

  • Dosage - the way should be taken/used
  • Safety
  • Strength
  • Quality

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Government Advocacy

1. Generics Act of 1988 (Republic Act No. 6675)
a. Date of Amendment: September 13, 1988
b. Subject Matter: AN ACT INSTITUTING THE COMPREHENSIVE DANGEROUS DRUGS ACT OF 2002, REPEALING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 6425, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE DANGEROUS DRUGS ACT OF 1972...

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FAQ's

A generic name refers to the identification of drugs and medicines by their scientifically and internationally recognized active ingredients or by their official generic name as determined by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) of the Department of Health. An active ingredient is the chemical component responsible for the claimed therapeutic effect of the pharmaceutical product.

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Cures that kill

In 2007, more than 350 people in Panama died because of a cough syrup. The reason: diethylene glycol, an industrial solvent not approved not approved for human consumption, had been added in the drug as a substitute for the more expensive but safer glycerin.

Here in the Philippines, a 41 year old woman died from uterine atony while four others had to have emergency hysterectomies.

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Proper Storage

Proper Storage of Medicines

Various types of medications can be found in your homes. Medicines are very sensitive and can easily degrade when not stored properly. Thus, it is important to learn how to store your medicines appropriately.

Read more

Links

 

• Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD)
http://bfad.gov.ph

 

• Department of Health (DOH)
http://doh.gov.ph

• Will public health trumps patents in congress?
http://www.pcij.org/stories/2008/cheaper-medicines4.html

• New Rx needed for generics movement?
http://pcij.org/i-report/2006/generics2.html

• Philippines: Expensive Medicines
http://www.globalvoicesonline.org/2007/10/10/philippines-expensive-medicines/

• UN agency backs medicine bill
http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=politics6_jan29_2008

• Govt hospitals ordered to prescribe generics
http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=news3_nov24_2007

• WHO: Implementation of Philippine generics law
http://mednet3.who.int/icium/icium1997/posters/4c1_text.html

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