Back to School Tips

Back to school preparations can be stressful.  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, medications for school also require advance preparations.  See the doctor so that you can have medications refilled. What about the “just in case” medications?  Does your child have allergies? Does your child require an EpiPen® – did you check the expiration date of what you have on hand, and do you have one for school?  Is the teacher aware? 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 EpiPen® or inhalers, review instructions and check expiration dates!


Tip #2:

Use your cell phone, consider taking pictures and storing information in a health tracking app, for all family members:


  • Current medications & label
  • Health services card
  • Health / Medication / Dental billing cards
  • Allergy information
  • Emergency contact information
  • Physician 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 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.

Joseph Dirk
Leader, SK