Q. Can diseases like COVID-19 be spread through medication packaging?
A. Unfortunately, yes. When medication packaging is handled there is the potential for disease transmission. To reduce transmission risk, use a low-touch packaging system like medication pouch packs rather than punch cards.
Q. What type of medication packaging is best for reducing transmission?
A. Single use packaging is optimal for reducing transmission. Grane Rx’s “touch and toss” SimplePack system minimizes contact compared with traditional punch cards which require repeated and frequent handling.
Q. How safe is medication home delivery?
A. Grane Rx’s Meds2Home program provides the optimal solution for transmission reduction. All participant medications are packed at an off-site PACE pharmacy using no-contact automation and shipped directly to participant homes with contactless delivery.
Q. What is the best way to reduce transmission when administering medications?
A. Limiting contact is one of the most effective ways to prevent disease transmission. This can be achieved by reducing the frequency of medication administrations. Always consult with a licensed pharmacist before making any medication adjustments.
Q. What’s the best way to reduce the frequency of medication administrations?
A. You can effectively reduce the frequency of medication administrations by switching to a flexible or universal medication schedule, de-prescribing medications and optimizing medication formulations. Always consult with a licensed pharmacist before making any medication adjustments.
Q. What transmission considerations should be taken into account when storing a resident’s medications?
A. Single use packaging is optimal for transmission reduction. Grane Rx’s “touch-and-toss” packaging system limits nurse contact to one or two touches compared with punch cards which require repeated handling
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