Pharmacists should be apprised of the fact that imported children’s medications may contain a weaker dosage than those distributed domestically. This is due to the disparate regulations between foreign and domestic administrations regarding potency of medications.
In order to ensure that patients receive the correct dosage, pharmacists must be mindful of which medications are imported and consider the appropriate measures to rectify the deficiency in potency.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has put in place regulations to protect consumers from an inadequate dosage of imported medications. However, as it is the responsibility of the pharmacist to ensure that patients are given the correct dose, it is imperative that they remain cognizant of the potential discrepancy between domestic and imported medications.
To this end, it is recommended that pharmacists closely scrutinize the labeling of medications to ensure that imported products contain an appropriate dosage. Additionally, pharmacists should also be aware of any applicable FDA regulations regarding potency of imported medications and any applicable special instructions to adjust the dosage.
Finally, pharmacists should be aware of any potential drug interactions that may arise due to the weaker dosage of imported medications. By taking into account all of these factors, pharmacists can ensure that patients receive the correct dosage of medication.