c. Never give a medication from an unlabeled container or one on which the
label is illegible. The container should be returned to the pharmacy for relabeling in
accordance with (IAW) local standing operating procedure (SOP).
d. Whether preparing a dose of medication from a stock supply or obtaining
medication from a unit dose package, read the label three times to ensure that the
medication and dosage are correct. Read the label:
As the medication is taken from the shelf or medicine cart.
(2) Before the medication is poured or taken from the package or
(3) As the stock container or empty unit dose package is returned to the
shelf or medicine cart.
e. Check your drug dose calculations with your supervisor, nurse, or physician if
you are not completely sure of your calculations.
f. Use appropriate measurement equipment to measure quantities as ordered.
For example, use a graduated container to measure liquids.
g. Do not alter the dosage ordered for other medication. Check the order with
the nurse, physician, or supervisor.
h. Use special care to return medications to their correct location. In some
instances, each patient's medication is kept in a designated place on a shelf or
compartment in a central storage area. Never return an unused dose of medicine to a
stock bottle. It should be disposed of IAW local SOP.
i. Arrange stock supplies so that preparations for internal use are separated
from those used externally.
j. Store medications according to manufacturer's specifications. For example,
vitamin B12 requires refrigeration.
k. Store narcotic and abusable drugs (those dispensed under special legal
regulations) and hypodermic supplies in a secure location in accordance with the local
l. Do not handle tablets or capsules. Shake the required number of
tablets/capsules into the container cap and then place the medication into the container
that you will take to the patient's bedside.