Dismiss Notice
Hey Texans—join us for a DFW meetup! Click here to learn more.

Determining days supply

Discussion in 'Pharmacy' started by radio frequency, Aug 7, 2015.

  1. radio frequency

    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2012
    Messages:
    959
    Likes Received:
    530
    Status:
    Pharmacist
    I feel with certain items that could likely go bad before the patient finishes them, I'm always guessing at a days supply: sparingly used creams and eye drops are the big examples.

    What is your policy on these? I don't know how nit picky I need to be with this as a new pharmacist in a company known for disliking errors.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Note: SDN Members do not see this ad.

  3. txpharmguy

    10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2007
    Messages:
    292
    Likes Received:
    149
    Status:
    Pharmacist
    15 gtts/ml eye and ear drops. 10 gm/day on topicals (this is what Medco allows)
     
    SouthernRetailRPH likes this.
  4. pharmerjohn

    pharmerjohn Working on a Dream
    2+ Year Member

    Joined:
    May 29, 2012
    Messages:
    487
    Likes Received:
    97
    Status:
    Pharmacy Student
    For the ones expiring after a certain time window after opening, we generally put in the sig: (expires X days after opening), then give them however many to hit the prescribed day supply. Those that don't expire as quickly and have non-specific sigs, we use 1gm/average area and 2gm/large area if they're creams/oint.
     
  5. pharmerjohn

    pharmerjohn Working on a Dream
    2+ Year Member

    Joined:
    May 29, 2012
    Messages:
    487
    Likes Received:
    97
    Status:
    Pharmacy Student
    I thought Medco is Express Scripts now?
     
  6. radio frequency

    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2012
    Messages:
    959
    Likes Received:
    530
    Status:
    Pharmacist
    Thank you! Very helpful!
     
  7. SClENCE

    2+ Year Member

    Joined:
    May 5, 2014
    Messages:
    1,073
    Likes Received:
    287
    Status:
    Non-Student
    What do you guys put for day supply on a script for flonase that says to only use it for 7 days? You calculate the day supply on how long it would last and then specify 7 days in the sig correct? Same problem with eye drops where the patient only needs 1ml out of a 5ml bottle.

    For example... an eye drop that says 1 drop each eye daily for 7 days. Eye drop comes in 5ml bottle patient will only use 1ml. So I specify in the sig to only take for 7 days and put in days supply as 38 days.
     
    #6 SClENCE, Aug 9, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2015
  8. zelman

    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2009
    Messages:
    3,174
    Likes Received:
    2,506
    Status:
    Pharmacist
    I put the duration of use.
     
    SClENCE likes this.

Share This Page