Long Branch, NJ -- While you stock up on supplies and plan for the school year ahead, it’s important to keep medication safety in mind if your child takes prescription or over-the-counter drugs that must be administered during the school day. Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacy at Monmouth Medical Center offers these suggestions to help parents score an A+ in medication safety.

·         Prior to the first day, reach out to your child’s school or Board of Education to obtain its policy on medication administration. Most institutions require a designated staff member hold and administer any medications.

·         Do not mix more than one medication in a bottle – keep them in their original container.

·         Be sure prescription labels are up-to-date with the most recent prescribing information, including contact information for the doctor who wrote the prescription.

·         If your child is old enough, educate him/her about the medications and why he/she needs to take them. For children who need to carry medication for quick use, such as an asthma inhaler, be sure they understand the dangers of sharing these drugs with others.

For more information about children and medication safety, consider talking to your local pharmacist. Pharmacists at Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacy at Monmouth Medical Center are available, to answer any questions you may have. Call them at 732-923-6111 or stop by the pharmacy located in the Main Lobby. The pharmacy is open Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.