Medication Criteria

Medication must meet the following criteria:

Original medication packaging with a prescription label that provides:

  • Pharmacy name and number
  • Prescriber’s name and number
  • Prescription number
  • Date prescription was filled
  • Child’s first and last name
  • Name of medication
  • Strength of medication
  • Number of refills
  • Quantity (QTY)
  • Manufacturer (MFG)
  • Expiration date
  • The prescription label may act as the written order. This sample label has specific instructions for administering, storing and disposing of the medication. 
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All medications, refrigerated or unrefrigerated, shall:

  • Have child-protective caps.
  • Be stored at the proper temperature.
  • Be inaccessible to children.
  • Not be used beyond the date of expiration.
  • Be given only for the purpose identified in the label/prescription.
  • Be medication for the current episode of illness.

“As Needed” Medication Instructions (PRN):

  • Must be accompanied by specific, detailed information about what symptoms should trigger the need to give the medication.
  • Must state the maximum number of times the dose can be repeated before seeking further medical care.

Over-the-Counter Medications:

  • Make sure nothing blocks the label
  • Verify that the strength of the medication is appropriate for child’s age and weight
  • Needs to be in a child-resistant container and come with original packaging that provides:
    • Product name
    • List of active and inactive ingredients
    • Purpose
    • Uses
    • Warnings
  • Manufacturer directions
  • Expiration date
  • Specific instructions for child, dose, etc.