Medication

Policies, procedures and processes covering medication from acquisition to destruction ensure compliance with government regulations, safety for patients and handlers, and established best practices. See Appendices\Standard Operating Procedures and Appendices\Inventory Management . Formulary\Forms for examples of policies and forms.

  • Formulary management: restrictions (no controlled substances, birth control, pain medication, other therapeutic classes, devices); use of therapeutic interchange and restrictions.
  • Medication ordering and receiving procedure, especially if vary by vendor
  • Medication storage: temperature sensitive products, logs, procedure when storage temperature is violated (alternative storage arrangement, shortening of expiration/beyond use date, disposal).
  • Medication segregation: by vendor, therapeutic class (oncology, inhalers, topical, etc.).
  • Sample Medications – See Donations from Prescribers and Practices
  • Returns and recall procedures, usually vary by vendor
  • Inspection for expiration: who (volunteer, tech, pharmacist) and frequency (monthly, quarterly)
  • Medication destruction procedures – See Medication Destruction