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Some drugs and chemicals are affected by light, heat, moisture, and contact with other chemicals

Drug containers are as follows:


Light resistant


Well closed


Tight


Hermetic (gases)


Single dose


Unit dose


Multiple unit

Prepackaging, the process of repackaging drugs from bulk supplies into smaller quantities for dispensing

Each container of prepackaged medication should be labeled with the following information


Pharmacy name


Name of drug


Strength and dosage form


Amount


Lot number


Expiration daye

Unit dose packaging, repackaging of drugs from bulk into windows, this is probably the most used system, more and more hospitals are converting to it, unit dose of medications are ordered, Packaged, handled, administered, and charged in units containing enough of the drug for one regular dose, application, or use

Guidelines for repackaging:


Must be done in isolated, clean area with enough work space



Only one drug should be repackaged at a time



Check ingredients and labels carefully to make sure they are correct



Drugs may not be released for use until checked and approved by the pharmacist



All equipment should be maintained according to the manufactures instructions and cleaned after each use



Accurate records of each batch must be kept



Packaging materials used for prescription containers must be compatible with the drug



Each label must contain, drug name, strength, lot number, and expiration date



Records must be kept for at least one year

Compliance aids:


Dosage spoons


Cutter


Dropper


Daily/weekly dose planner


Dial a dose dispenser


Flashing/ beeping device

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