Medication Storage

Some meds may require segregated storage(and destruction). Vendors may require segregation of the products they supply. Many will also require separation of the virtual inventory in the pharmacy software system. Be sure to check with your software vendor on this capability. Oncology and other hazardous medications may be segregated as well (warfarin, estrogen and progestin products, finasteride, lindane, nicotine, nitroglycerin). See CDC Antineoplasticsand Healthcare Environmental Resource Centerfor current listings.

Many medications are temperature sensitive. Document refrigerator temperatures twice daily or as required by state regulations. Medications stored at room temperature may also be affected by extreme temperatures (inhalers, nitroglycerin, capsules, etc.). Develop a plan should extreme temperatures occur (loss of air conditioning or heat). See example of temperature log.