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The phar­ma­cy pro­vides phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal cov­er­age for the hos­pi­tal and all patients. They have expand­ed tech­nol­o­gy with­in the depart­ment to help ensure pre­cise dis­pens­ing of med­ica­tion, detailed record keep­ing and time­ly med­ica­tion administration. 

The phar­ma­cy at Ivin­son uses a MediTech com­put­er sys­tem plus a bar-cod­ing sys­tem that accom­mo­dates point of care scan­ning and med­ica­tion admin­is­tra­tion. This sys­tem helps ensure that the prop­er med­ica­tion is giv­en to the cor­rect patient. We also uti­lize a PYX­IS Auto­mat­ed Dis­pens­ing System. 

should I bring my med­ica­tions with me when I’m admit­ted to the hospital?

It is very impor­tant that the health­care pro­fes­sion­als at the hos­pi­tal know exact­ly what med­ica­tions you take. The best solu­tion to this is to bring a cur­rent list of your med­ica­tions but if you don’t have a list the next best thing is to bring your medications. 

is it impor­tant for me to tell hos­pi­tal per­son­nel about over the counter prod­ucts that I am taking?

Yes. Over the counter med­ica­tions con­tain real drugs and have the poten­tial to seri­ous­ly inter­act with pre­scrip­tion med­ica­tions. Also, many over the counter prod­ucts con­tain aceta­minophen which is tox­ic to the liv­er if more than 4000 mg/​day are ingested. 

is it accept­able for me to take my own med­ica­tions when I am in the hospital?

For safe­ty and reg­u­la­to­ry rea­sons, IMH allows patients to take their own med­ica­tions only when the med­ica­tion is not on the hos­pi­tal for­mu­la­ry and not read­i­ly avail­able from our sup­pli­ers. The vast major­i­ty of the time, patients use med­ica­tions pro­vid­ed by IMH

where can I find infor­ma­tion on the med­ica­tions I take?

Your best source of infor­ma­tion is your phar­ma­cist or physi­cian. Also, there is a mas­sive amount of infor­ma­tion avail­able on the internet. 

does IMH have an out­pa­tient pharmacy?

No. The phar­ma­cy at IMH does not fill out­pa­tient pre­scrip­tions. When patients are dis­charged they will need to get their pre­scrip­tions filled at a com­mu­ni­ty pharmacy. 

if my doc­tor orders a mul­ti-dose med­ica­tion (e.g. inhaler or liq­uid antibi­ot­ic) for me while I am in the hos­pi­tal, what hap­pens to that med­ica­tion when I am discharged?

Mul­ti-dose con­tain­ers of med­ica­tion are to be sent home with the patient when dis­charged from the hospital. 

is a gener­ic real­ly as good as a brand name medication?

Most peo­ple believe that if some­thing costs more it has to be bet­ter qual­i­ty. In the case of gener­ic drugs, this is not true. The FDA stan­dards for qual­i­ty are the same for brand name and gener­ic products. 

will I con­tin­ue to take my herbal (alter­na­tive) med­ica­tions while I’m in the hospital?

Because herbal med­ica­tions are not FDA approved and there­fore not sub­ject­ed to puri­ty or qual­i­ty tests, it is our pol­i­cy not to stock or dis­pense herbal med­ica­tions. If the patient insists on tak­ing herbals while hos­pi­tal­ized, the physi­cian will order the med­ica­tions and it will be nec­es­sary for the patient to pro­vide their own herbal medications.