Back to School Preparations

Jeff Fost

Excited for back to school?  A return to routine requires considerable preparation and a list is your best friend.  You have a list for school supplies (check), a list for lunch kits (check), a list of medications (check?).


For those in the know, a pharmacy can cover much of your preparations. Nowadays it is even easier to contact your pharmacy. Web, mobile, and telephone will get to a team member to arrange to have prescriptions refilled. Many times your pharmacy can automate those refills taking one less item off your ever-growing list. What about the “just in case” medications?  Does your child have life-threatening allergies requiring an epinephrine auto injector? Did you check the expiration date of what you have on hand, and do you have one for school? Here are some additional back-to-school preparation tips:


Tip #1:  

Review when and how to use medications for your child.  For devices such as epinephrine auto injectors or inhalers, review instructions and check expiration dates! Let the teacher know about your child’s emergency rescue medications.


Tip #2:

Use your smartphone and consider taking pictures and storing information in a health tracking app for all family members. Remember to include:


  • Current medications & label information
  • Health services card
  • Health / Medication / Dental billing cards
  • Allergy information
  • Emergency contact information
  • Physician, dentist, and pharmacy contact and address


Tip #3:

Clear out your medicine cabinet of any expired products.  Your PharmaChoice pharmacist can help you select common medicines to cover all family members’ needs at a minimal cost.  A streamlined medicine cabinet will reduce wastage and ensure that needed products are close at hand.


Your pharmacist can assist with your back-to-school preparations.  In some cases, they can extend medications, or communicate with your doctor to get a refill.  Whatever your health care needs, enlist your PharmaChoice pharmacist for help.

Back to School Shopping at a Local Pharmacy

Jeff Fost
City PharmaChoice
Corner Brook, NL