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Hi Nanaz,
I am a hiker/outdoors person, I always look at ways of cutting down weight and size of the things I must carry in my pack.
Questions is:
Can pills/tablets be popped out of there individually wrapped multi-packed sheets and place in a air tight container(film canister) without degrading there effectivness?
I realise I still have to know expiry dates and dosage of pills but would there be any other effects on the medicine(pills)?
Would i have to add a 'silica gel' pad to keep them dry?
Thanks for any information you can give,
Kind regards,
Leigh.

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Dear Leigh,

 It depends on the pill/tablet if it can be popped out of the individual wrapping and placed in an air tight container.  Certain drugs need to be protected from light, so even though the film canister container is air tight it may not be providing adequate protection from light.  Certain pills you are not supposed to remove until just before administration.  

The medications can lose potency, not work properly in the body, or degrade if not stored properly.
I would not use a silica gel pad to keep them dry since this is not meant for all drugs.


One step you could take is trying to take the medications before or after your outdoor activities as long as it is okay with your doctor and does not cause side effects that might be dangerous while outdoors (ie dizziness, drowsiness, etc)

Thanks,

Nanaz

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Nanaz Khosrowshahi

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Being a pharmacist, I can answer questions on medications. This includes how drugs work in the body, drug interactions, drug side effects, warnings and precautions to take when using certain medications, dosage forms and strengths, management of overdosing, storage of medications, drug administration, contraindications, and drug indications. I am able to guide them on lab work that needs to be drawn and monitored while on certain medications. I am able to help patients save money when purchasing medications by directing them to cost-effective therapies. I am able to answer questions on federal laws governing pharmacy practice in the United States. I am unable to answer questions legally as if I am diagnosing the patient's disease or illness. For example, if a patient stated he had upper flank pain, I am unable to say he definitely has a urinary tract infection. However, I am able to direct the patient to the correct next step, which is to call his physician with such a side effect.

Experience

I have been a licensed pharmacist since 2007, holding licenses in CT and MA. I have a PHARM.D from an accelerated pharmacy school program. Currently, I work at the Hebrew Home and Hospital in West Hartford, CT as a pharmacist. I am a well-rounded pharmacist, with experience in long-term care, IV home infusion, retail, hospital, and hospice. I serve as the pharmacy unit coordinator for Mass Dispensing Area #31 in CT, where I am called upon as a volunteer pharmacist in case of public emergencies, such as anthrax threats. I helped run the swine flu vaccine clinic in 2009. I am on the Editorial Advisory Board for Pharmacy Today, a publication of the American Pharmacists Association. My position on the board runs for three years. Every month I make suggestions and offer ideas that would help improve the magazine. I have undergone extra training to administer vaccines to patients, which is training that only a certain percentage of registered pharmacists in the country have.

Organizations
American Pharmacists Association 2007

Education/Credentials
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Worcester, MA- PHARM.D 2007 University of California, Irvine- BA psychology 2001 cum laude

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