My elderly (age 82) cousin and her husband (age 83) live in an Assisted Living facility. I have Power of Attorney for both so I handle all of their business affairs. One of the drugs that Bob takes regularly is Alpha-Lipoic Acid 600MG. The nearby pharmacy is, shall we say, expensive. A 30-day supply is $31.85. I can purchase a 30-day supply on Puritan Pride online for about 1/3 that cost. I understand that the assisted living facility needs to be sure the drugs they administer are good so I can't just walk in there with something off the street. That is why OTC drugs have to come from the local pharmacy too - with a high cost. So, what, exactly, is it that the assisted living facility needs and is there a way I can purchase OTC meds myself in order to save some money for my cousins?
Person's Gender: Male
Person's Age: 83
Purchase OTC items from the local pharmacy at high cost.
Hi, let me help you with this
Most assisted living like to get their drugs from one pharmacy. The reason behind is usually convenience and also patient safety. If you want to provide this supplement yourself, just ask the facility if that is allowed. If it is allowed, they usually would like to have a prescription label on the bottle with the patient's name and other important information on the bottle.
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So, does that mean I need to ask their doctor to write a script to Puritan's Pride, an online supplement vendor? I don't know how that would work...?? I don't see Puritan's Pride putting a label on the bottle..? We are in Texas - is there a state law that requires an assisted living facility to require the prescription label?
I don't believe there is a law that mandates that but most assisted living facility do this to make sure each patient only get their own drug. Without proper labeling, patient might end up taking other patient's drug.