Category: Medications

How to Ensure That Patients Use Medications in the Right Manner

People who are involved in dispensing medications tend to have one major fear. This is the fear that the patients may not use the medications in the right manner. And it is a well-founded fear — for numerous studies have shown that patients do indeed have a tendency not to use medications in the right manner. And when patients fail to use medications in the right manner, many things can go wrong. For instance, the medications may fail to work the way they are supposed to. We are all conversant with the emerging trend where antibiotic resistance is increasing all over the world. It is mostly as a result of patients using lower dosages than they are instructed, or patients ceasing to use the medications when they start feeling better (even before completing their doses). But it can get worse. In the worst cases, the patients may end up overdosing themselves, sometimes with tragic results.

Given all those dangers, then, the question arises as to how we can get patients to use medications in the right manner. And in my view, there are two major things we need to do, in order to get patients to use medications in the right manner:

  1. Give medication usage instructions clearly: if you go to pharmacies and other places from where medications are dispensed, you will notice that the medication usage instructions are usually given in a hurried manner. We need to depart from this. The instructions for the usage of medications have to be given slowly and clearly. The important instructions may actually need to be repeated severally, for them to sink in. In this regard, we need to learn from the bankers. The bankers tend to give instructions to their clients very slowly and clearly. You will notice this, for instance, after applying for a Premier credit card (when going to pick it up). The bankers will go to great lengths, in telling you how you should use it, how to protect your PIN, how to repay the balances… and so on. Pharmacists need to be similarly patient, when giving medication usage instructions to the patients.
  2. Educate the patients on the consequences: sometimes, people fail to use medications in the right manner simply because they are unaware of the consequences. If people are educated on the consequences of failing to use medications in the right manner, they are unlikely to misuse the medications. So it is just a question of sensitizing people on the consequences they stand to suffer, if they fail to use medications in the right manner.

Buying Medications for a Charity Hospital

Like any other medical facility, a charity hospital has to be stocked with certain medications. But a charity hospital is unlike other medical facilities, when it comes to finances. You see, other medical facilities are able to generate revenues internally, by charging patients for the medical services offered. A charity hospital, on the other hand, usually has to rely on donor funds. It is through the donor funds that it is able to buy medications and other supplies it needs to operate. A charity hospital is often short of funds. Hardly will you come across a charity hospital that has all the money it needs to procure medications and other medical supplies necessary for optimum service delivery. Consequently, certain special considerations come into play, when buying medications for a charity hospital.

Buying the cheapest drug versions

Often, a charity hospital has to buy the cheapest versions of the various medications. This is where the question of buying generic medications arises. The generic medications are just as effective as the ‘originals’, but they cost much less.

Disclosing hospital status

It makes sense, when buying medications for a charity hospital, to inform the drug vendors about the nature of the hospital you are buying drugs for. If the vendors learn that you are buying medications for a charity hospital, they may be inclined to sell the drugs at a lower price than would otherwise be the case. Sometimes, as part of their corporate social responsibility, they may even decide to give the charity hospital certain medications for free. You realize that the pharmaceutical companies tend to pay a lot of attention to corporate social responsibility. The workers in healthcare companies are taught that, as part of their in-house training. That, for instance, may be part of what new CVS employees learn, on the myhr CVS learnet portal. Ultimately, by just mentioning that you are buying medications for a charity hospital, you may get the best possible deal.

Buying in bulk

By buying medications for a charity hospital in bulk, there is a possibility of saving quite a bit of money. This is a question of buying the medications at wholesale prices, and the potential savings are huge.

Buying multiple-use medications

Sometimes, it is a good idea to buy the sorts of medications that have multiple uses – you know, things like the broad spectrum medications. There are certain instances where you find a single medication that is capable of treating a dozen conditions. Buying such a medication may be better than buying different medications for the different conditions. The medical team running the charity hospital can provide the right advice in this regard, based on their expertise and with the best interests of patients at heart.

Manufacturing Generic Medications: 5 Things You Need to Have

The business of manufacturing generic medications is a potentially lucrative one. It is also a business that gives you an opportunity to serve humanity – by providing low cost medications to people who wouldn’t otherwise have been able to afford the ‘original’ patented brands. Now there are 5 things you need to have, when venturing into this business of manufacturing generic medications. We will now proceed to look at those things.

  1. The medication formulas: all medications are manufactured following certain formulas. These formulas dictate the ingredients to be used in the manufacture of the drugs, and in what proportions. You need to make a decision on the specific generic medications you will be manufacturing. Then you need to undertake the necessary research, to get the formulas for all those drugs.
  2. The necessary licenses: before starting to manufacture drugs, you need to have certain licenses. These licenses are not easy to obtain. But if you meet all the requirements, and you have all the necessary connections, you can eventually get them. You just need to be a bit tenacious.
  3. Equipment: you need to have certain machines, before embarking on the manufacture of generic medications. Having made decisions on the generic medications you are to manufacture, you need to come up with a list of all the machines you will require. Then you need to buy (or lease) such machines, before embarking on the venture.
  4. Suitable premises: you need to have special premises, to be able to manufacture medications. The manufacture of medications is not like other manufacturing ventures. It requires special premises, in special locations. But if you have adequate capital, it shouldn’t be too hard for you to get suitable premises.
  5. Skilled manpower: you need to have a good workforce, with pharmacists, pharmaceutical technologists and other support staff, before starting to manufacture generic medications. There are many people with the right qualifications, looking for work in these sorts of fields. Therefore, as long as you are offering decent terms, you shouldn’t have too much of a problem getting the people you need.

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