Medication Management: What You Need to Know

Taking medications can be vital in making sure you feel happy, safe, and in control of your health. But we know it’s not always easy to stay on top of everything you need to live your life, especially when you have plenty of other concerns in your day.

That’s why we have a whole set of helpful options designed with your medication management in mind. Let’s take a look at a couple of resources Shoppers Drug Mart® offers to free up a little more time in your day.

Getting your medications
It’s important to take your medications regularly, so you should be prepared to order a refill when you notice you’re low on a medication. The prescription label on your medication will indicate how many refills you have left before having to see your doctor for a new prescription. For any refills you have, you can contact your pharmacy either in person, by phone, online, or through our app. In some provinces, you can preauthorize refills so that the medication is regularly filled for you without having to contact the pharmacy. Talk to your local pharmacist to see which of these services are available at a Shoppers Drug Mart® location near you. To read more about the services we provide to help refill and renew your prescriptions, click here.

Organizing your Medications
If you’re taking multiple medications and need help with your routine, compliance aides like blister packs and dosettes can be a great tool. We can organize your medications in 7-day blister packs to help ensure you’re taking the right medications at the right times.

Blister packs are a safe, reliable, and convenient way to make sure you’re taking only the required amount of medication each day. Each set of medication is packed together, separate from all the others, and are easy to pop-out when you need them.

Dosettes and pill organizers, with containers labeled by times and days of the week, can provide a quick at-a-glance visual aid so you know what medication to take and when, along with what medication you’ve already taken. Missing a dose of your daily medication, or taking a double dose, can be a risk to your health. That’s why we want to make sure you can stay safe and consistent, while still retaining a high level of independence in your day-to-day. You can speak with one of our in-store pharmacists about getting your medication provided in a blister pack, dosette, or other compliance aide at any time.

Medication Reviews
Medications can be confusing, especially if you’re starting a new one, just getting home from being in hospital, or you’re on multiple treatments. You may not always be sure of why you’re taking each medication or what the side effects are. That’s why our pharmacists can provide detailed reviews of all your medications, including prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, and natural health products to make sure each medication you are taking is right for you.

Prescription transfers
If you’ve recently moved, whether it’s between different towns, cities, or provinces, you might not have immediate access to your prescriptions at your new location. You can easily request a prescription transfer from any Shoppers Drug Mart ® or other Canadian pharmacy. Certain medications such as narcotics and some controlled medications are not eligible for transfer, so check with your pharmacist.

Medication Disposal
When you no longer need a certain medication, or a medication has expired, you should properly dispose of them. For medications that have a risk of misuse or abuse such as opioids, there is a danger of keeping unused medications that may be accessed by other people, especially children.1

It’s important to not dispose of medications by flushing them down the toilet or sink.1 As well, items like syringes, pen needles, and lancets especially should not be tossed in conventional garbage bags.1

Instead, our in-store pharmacists can help you to safely dispose of any expired or unused medications, as well as potentially harmful medical accessories at no additional cost. You can even request a sharps container to safely dispose syringes.

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1 Safe Storage and Disposal of Medications (2018). Institute for Same Medication Practices Canada. Retrieved from: Accessed July 10, 2020.

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