Q: When a hurricane is coming, what are some steps I can take to ensure I have enough medicine on hand and that it stays stored properly?
A: An emergency plan should be done to ensure you and your family have enough medicine and proper storage abilities before and after a hurricane. Make sure you have enough medications to last for at least 2 weeks and keep them in water-tight containers (plastic containers with lids). If needed, obtain an early refill if you anticipate pharmacies being closed. With insurance, most plans allow for an “emergency exception” that allows your pharmacist to provide you an early refill. If your medicine is damaged due to flooding or excessive heat (e.g., fire), throw them away and replace as soon as possible to avoid causing serious health effects. Many insulin vials or cartridges can be left unrefrigerated between 59°F and 86°F for up to 28 days. You should have ice available for your insulin and any of your other medications that need refrigeration to keep cool. Also, keep temperature-sensitive drugs (indicated on the bottle) away from direct heat and sunlight. After a hurricane, make sure to inspect all of your medications for any damages. This was shared by pharamcy student Bailey Agee.
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