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Creating Effective Nursing Home Labels for Prescriptions

People typically enter a nursing home based on the decision of loved ones and the input of physicians that treat geriatric patients. However, once they arrive at a nursing home, people are cared for by nurses and other attendants who may not be familiar with new residents’ prescription needs.

Consequently, nursing home labels for prescriptions must feature crucial prescription information that is easily readable to nursing home staff. With this in mind, nursing home labels for medicine should present the following information that supports medication compliance.

When Medication Should be Taken
The time at which medication is taken can be just as important as how much is taken. For example, some medications induce drowsiness, while others have an energizing effect. The first type of medications are often taken at night, while the second type are commonly taken in the day. Dosage directions on prescription labels must clearly state when medication should be taken according to the prescriber.

How Much Medication Should be Taken
According to a report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “People 65 and older have double the risk of having to go to the emergency room because of reactions to drugs.” One reason why this happens is because patients take too much medication, or not enough. This is why nursing home labels must state exactly how much medication should be taken. Correct dosages help keep seniors out of the hospital and support good health outcomes.

How Many Prescription Refills are Available
In terms of medication compliance, one of the worst things that can happen to a patient is running out of a prescription with no refills available. This forces the patient to wait for a physician’s approval for additional refills. While the resident waits for approval, he or she exists in a state of medication non-compliance that can profoundly negatively affect the patient’s health.

Important Information About the Prescriber
Listing the prescriber’s information on the prescription container aids nursing home staff with contacting a resident’s physician, especially when it must done on short notice. In addition to listing the prescriber’s full name and business address, the container should list the physician’s office telephone number.

Having this information at hand helps nursing home staff contact physicians more expediently than accessing the resident’s prescriber information through the nursing home’s resident database. Using contact information on the pill bottle may only be a few minutes faster than accessing it through a database, but when a patient suffers a health crisis, every minute matters.

Need Nursing Home Labels for Prescriptions?
Whether you operate a closed-door pharmacy in a nursing home, or your pharmacy has contracted with nursing homes to provide medications for residents, the integrity of prescription labels can have a major impact on residents’ health. Drug Package is an experienced provider of high-quality pharmacy labels for over a century, so we understand this as well as anyone.

If it has been awhile since your pharmacy reviewed the effectiveness of its prescription labels for supporting good health outcomes, call Drug Package today at (800) 325-6137, or request a quote. If your nursing home labels could be improved, we’ll explain why and propose a cost effective solution that helps your pharmacy and nursing home staff assist residents with medication compliance.