Self-administration of drugs to patients is an easy, effective and less costly method applied in the process of management patients’ health conditions. Although it remains useful to many patients both inside and outside hospital settings, some of them lack the ability to self-administer the drugs and require continued assistance with drug administration. Pharmacists play an important role in the process of drug prescription, dispensing and their administration (Seiter, 2010).
eps to be taken to correct them (Woodrow, Colbert $ Smith, 2014).
For drugs that require a prescription especially by a physician, the pharmacist is required to ascertain the prescription contents including calculating the dosage to ensure that it is correct for a person’s heart functions. Whenever the pharmacist is required to prescribe, he or she is required to keep a record of the prescription as a reference in case of adverse reactions (Florida Department of Elder Affairs, 2012).
The pharmacist is obliged to provide a proper storage of the drugs. It includes the proper labeling of drugs and storage within the required drug storage conditions. When the drugs are dispensed to the patients, the pharmacist is required to provide clear storage instructions. These include well labeled pill organizers to help the patients in avoiding confusing the drugs (Florida Department of Elder Affairs, 2012)
In situations that require the pharmacist to assist the patient with drug administration, precaution to drugs that have lethal cardiovascular effect. These include drugs like Digoxin whose effects on the heart are serious, and the patient’s pulse rate should be closely monitored. In drugs that lead to dependency and have cardiovascular effects, the dispensing is carefully evaluated and should include a prescription as well as periodic monitoring of the patient’s drug effects (Woodrow, Colbert & Smith, 2010).
handling, as well as management thus improving the responsibility (Seiter, 2010).
Florida Department of Elder Affairs, (2012). Assistance with Self-Administration of Drugs. Retrieved from: http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/doea/pubs/pubs/2012Med_Guide.pdf
Seiter, A. (2010). A Practical Approach to Pharmaceutical Policy. Washington, D.C: World Bank Publishers.
Woodrow, R., Colbert, B., & Smith, D.M. (2014). Essentials of Pharmacology for Health Professions, P6. Boston; USA: Cengage Learning.