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What is Medication Packing?

Posted by Blooms The Chemist on 12 Jun 2019

What is Medication Packing?


A medication packing service, or Dose Administration Aid, reduces confusion for people taking prescribed medications. A week’s worth of medication is set out in a sealed, tamper-proof blister pack separated by day and time. For example Monday (morning, afternoon, evening). Each individual blister contains the appropriate dosage. This may include single medication or multiple types of medication, depending on the individual’s needs. Easy to use with its distinctive visual cues, users can easily see if they have missed a dose.

 

Anyone taking regular medication can benefit from a Dose Administration Aid (DAA), including the elderly, mental health patients, people in remote areas and domestic and international travellers. DAAs can also provide independence for people with or without the support of a relative or carer.

 

How does it work?

 

The pharmacy dispenses your medications and packs them for you in a sealed, tamper-evident device. Currently, there are two types of medication packs: sachets and blister packs. Your pharmacy may use one or the other or both.

 

The pack will contain information such as:

– Your name
– Pharmacy details
– Names and descriptions (shape, colour) of your medicines
– Directions for each medicine
– Date and day of the week
– Time of each dose

 

Blister pack:

 

A week’s worth of medication is set out in a sealed blister pack, with spaces for four doses per day. It sets out all the tablets and capsules that need to be taken at each particular time of the day, for each day of the week. The blister pack is single-use and is inserted into a plastic reusable folder.

 

Sachets:

 

Your medicines are sorted into individually-labelled sachets with easy tear packaging by day, dose and time. These sachets are then rolled up in chronological date and time order.

 

It’s wise to visit your GP regularly so they can review and update your medications and ensure your Pharmacist has the right information. DAAs also contain vital information that can be used in an emergency situation by hospital or ambulance staff.

 

Blooms The Chemist offer medication packing services as well as medication reviews. Head in-store to chat with your local Blooms The Chemist Pharmacist for more information.