Everyone is keenly aware of the recent hurricanes and floods that have ravaged our nation. Are you prepared to keep your medical products safe during a flood? Are you prepared to evacuate quickly with your medication? The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offers these tips:
Store medications in their original containers in zippered plastic bags. Take them with you if you evacuate.
Take a list of your medications, Doctor's name and phone number, and pharmacy name and phone number.
Don not use medication if it was contacted with flood water.
Replace temperature sensitive medications as soon as possible if you lose electricity and refrigeration. Temperature sensitive drugs lose potency if not refrigerated. Insulin, however, can be unrefrigerated for up to 28 days. Check with your pharmacist about your particular medications.
If you use oxygen, do not use lightening devices with a flame such as gas lights, torches or candles.Instead use battery powered devices such as flash lights or battery charged lanterns.
Seek medical emergency services if you depend upon medical devices to keep you alive