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Michael G. O'Neil, PharmD


February 15, 2013

Recommendations for Storage and Monitoring of Prescription Medications in the Home

Designate a site in your home that is out of the way of day-to-day traffic, such as an isolated cabinet or drawer. The common bathroom should be avoided.

Medicine cabinets should be avoided in high-access areas because they may be easily targeted.

Medications should not be stored with common food products (bread, cookies, etc.) because of high visibility.

Store medications out of sight and at heights out of reach of small children.

Do not mix medications in the same bottle.

If Theft Occurs or Is Suspected in the Home, the Following Steps Should Be Taken

Store medications in a lock box, tool box, or prescription drug vault from commercial vendors to limit access to anyone other than the patient or caregiver.

When taking care of sick or elderly family members, only designated caregivers should be allowed to access the medications.

For medications that seem to be "short" before refills are due, bottle contents should be counted weekly to assess possible theft, and medication directions should be clarified with the pharmacist to ensure that the patient is following directions properly.