Steps To Check
Steps To Check
Checklist for Medicine Safety & spurious
This checklist will help you judge whether your medications are safe and provide tips on what to do if you think a drug has been compromised.
Purchase: Always purchase the drugs from a reputed Pharmacy. Make a habit to patronise your pharmacy for all drug purchases. Ensure that you take a bill with the batch number written on the bill. This batch number should tally or correspond to the batch number given on your vial or the strip of the drug you have purchased.
Further ensure that the medicine you have been given do correspond with the same name which has been prescribed. Generally these days there is lot of confusion and mis-judgement when medicines are given by the pharmacist. There are medicines with similar sounding names, when the basic medicines are different.
Sample: Request a sample from your physician when you are first prescribed a medication to help you establish a “baseline” of a product’s characteristics, including its appearance, taste, texture, reactions and packaging or show your first purchase to the physician who has prescribed the drug. If using the Internet to purchase drugs, make sure the Web site is a fully certified site. Please note that manufacturer samples are usually only available for brand name medications and not generic products. Generics may differ in shape or color but still be a safe and effective product. For specific questions on identification of medications, talk to your pharmacist and or Doctor.
Appearance: Compare the prescription medicine you receive with what it is supposed to look like by taking pictures of the original manufacturer's drug and all associated packaging with the drug you are taking. When comparing packaging, look for differences in paper, printing, color, and fonts (i.e. is it the same size, raised print, embossed, etc.).
Feel: Take note of the prescription drug’s taste and any associated feelings once you take it. Is there anything unusual in your body’s reaction compared to previous experiences, such as a stomach ache or headache? Keep a diary of how you feel when you take your medications so you can compare.
Evaluate: Reflect on how your body has reacted over the course of the treatment. Do you feel that you are benefiting from the medication? Is your condition improving, stabilizing, or are you reverting back to ill health? Always ask your doctor or pharmacist what you should expect to feel when you take your medicine and when you should expect to begin feeling relief or improvement. Remember: spurious drugs can contain not enough, too much or no active ingredient.
Doctor: If your drugs do not seem to have the same taste or if you feel different than usual, immediately write down your symptoms and contact your doctor and pharmacist.
Report: If you have any concerns about the quality of your drugs, or have confirmed there is a difference in packaging, labelling, or pills, immediately contact the pharmacy where you purchased them. You may also want to contact the FDA and the manufacturer of the medication to report your concerns.
Unavailable: If you confirm that your medicine is spurious, immediately remove it from your medicine cabinet. Mark it with a red pen and put tape around the top of the drug container so that it will be unavailable to you or others in your family. Until you can send the suspect medication to the appropriate local law enforcement officials, or dispose of it safely, it is important that you and any family members do not confuse this medication with any legitimate prescription drugs you may be taking. Contact the FDA for more information.
Gather all the information you can find on how, where and when you obtained the spurious medication and how long you have been taking it. Was it from the Internet, from a mail order, or from a local pharmacy? When did you purchase the medication? Do you still have the packaging? How long have you been taking the spurious drugs? If the medication must be taken routinely, you should also contact your physician or pharmacist to arrange for a check-up and a new supply so that you can resume taking your medication.