While you stock up on supplies and plan for the school year ahead, it's important to keep medication safety in mind if your child takes prescription or over-the-counter drugs that must be administered during the school day. Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacies offer these suggestions to help parents score an A+ in medication safety.
- Prior to the first day, reach out to your child's school or Board of Education to obtain its policy on medication administration. Most institutions require a designated staff member hold and administer any medications.
- Do not mix more than one medication in a bottle – keep them in their original container.
- Be sure prescription labels are up-to-date with the most recent prescribing information, including contact information for the doctor who wrote the prescription.
- If your child is old enough, educate him/her about the medications and why he/she needs to take them. For children who need to carry medication for quick use, such as an asthma inhaler, be sure they understand the dangers of sharing these drugs with others.
For more information about children and medication safety, consider talking to your local pharmacist. Pharmacists at Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacies at Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, Clara Maass Medical Center, Jersey City Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center are also available to answer any questions you may have. To speak to a pharmacist at any of these locations, please call:
- Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacy at Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center: 973-322-7315
- Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacy at Clara Maass Medical Center: 973-450-2581
- Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacy at Jersey City Medical Center: 201-915-2166
- Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacy at Monmouth Medical Center: 732-923-6111
- Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacy at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center: 973-926-7422