MemorialCare Disaster VAT
If you’ve been following our series on personal preparedness, you may have noted a common theme. The resources, services and protections we count on daily – and perhaps take for granted – may not be available following a disaster. Personal preparedness is all about developing your own plans, tool kits and emergency supplies to fill the gap until normal conditions return. This theme continues with our September newsletter, which offers advice on gathering a supply of important medications and making plans for when your pharmacy may not be available.
For each of the suggestions below, check with your doctor about which choices would be safest for you and others in your household.
In order to assure that all drugs and products remain pure, potent, and stable, it is important to properly store the supply and to assure that no medication or product exceeds its labeled expiration date:
Being able to provide medical history, insurance, and prescription information to emergency responders, hospitals, pharmacies, shelters, or mobile response centers can help individuals to receive more prompt and individualized care. Consider placing the following items in a re-sealable plastic bag and adding it to your emergency medication kit:
Most insurance companies in the United States will not cover the cost of providing an emergency supply of prescription medication for storing in an emergency kit, but there are alternatives that can be considered. Here are the safest, legal ways to obtain and keep a 7-day emergency supply of prescription medication:
Another concern with respect to receiving and keeping drug samples is that sample medications tend to have very short expiration date periods. Many samples are labeled and dated to expire in only 3-12 months. This means that individuals who choose to obtain samples for their emergency kits must monitor expiration dates carefully and replace the medication frequently.
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