EXPLO Boston + EXPLO New York GUIDE TO MEDICATIONS (1 of 2)
We take the safety of your children seriously, and we know that you do too. However responsible (or not!) your child might feel about taking their medication, for this age group, state regulations mandate that medications be directly distributed by a healthcare professional – this includes prescriptions, vitamins, supplements, and over-the- counter medicatons. Our Health Office is staffed 24/7 with Registered Nurses who are available for a range of triage services, including the administration of medications throughout the day – breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bedtime. Please read through the full guide below. As with most policy-based requirements, there are a number of caveats that may apply to you. Your program registrar will be able to assist with any questions. Medication Confirmation Forms (MCFs) A Medication Confirmation Form (MCF) is required for all medications. Forms must be signed by the prescribing medical practitioner, even for daily over-the-counter medications. Please talk with your doctor about medications that you anticipate your child needing while at EXPLO. This includes daily and as-needed over-the-counter (OTC) medications, emergency medications to be carried with your child at all times (e.g. Epi-Pens and inhalers), injections (e.g. growth hormone and insulin), prescription creams and sprays, vitamins, herbal supplements, and non-pill medications. MCFs are required for all students. Day students bringing medication onto campus for use in an emergency must have the appropriate form on file for each medication. It is important to include everything you anticipate as early as possible to prevent an interruption to your child’s medication schedule.
The following medications are available for occasional administration by our staff nurses, and you do not need a Medication Confirmation Form from your physician for these.
Acetaminophen, Ibuprophen, Diphenhydramine, Pseudoephedrine Hydrochloride, Fexofenadine, Loratadine, Loperamide, Kaopectate, Calcium Carbonate, Dimenhydrinate, and Dextromethorphan.
If your child takes an occasional (not daily) medication that is not listed above, you will need a signed MCF from your physician for it, and you will need to supply the health office with an adequate as-needed quantity for the duration of the program. A common example is Zyrtec, which EXPLO does not stock.
Medication Vacations And Changes
Medication Packaging For Domestic Residential Students, all daily pill-form medications must be filled and blister-packaged through Dedham Pharmacy. This includes prescriptions, vitamins, supplements, and daily OTC medication. It is mandatory to fill prescriptions through our partner pharmacy in order to ensure safe and efficient distribution of those medications. We cannot accept pill-form medication, vitamins, supplements, or OTC medication at registration unless the pharmacy is unable to fill the prescription and has granted you prior approval. Dedham Pharmacy does not charge a registration or packaging fee, but there is a late fee per medication for families contacting the pharmacy after their filling period has ended (see following page), so please begin working with them as soon as you are able, even if you suspect future medication adjustments. You will be responsible for sharing your insurance and billing information with Dedham Pharmacy, and covering co-pays as you normally would. Within the limits of your health insurance, Dedham Pharmacy will assist you with securing a vacation override or medication hold to keep your costs consistent with what you typically pay. Please also refrain from making changes to your child’s behavioral or emotional medication just prior to the Program. EXPLO is not the proper environment for adjusting to a new medication or to a new dose of medication. . If your child currently takes regular medications for any behavioral or emotional reasons, they should continue to do so while at the Program. Although EXPLO is an engaging environment without the pressure of homework and tests, it is still a place where children interact socially and are required to maintain focus and be alert, cooperative, and task-oriented throughout the day. Our experience has taught us that those children who continue their medication are more successful and have a more enjoyable experience navigating moments of transition and social interaction.www.explo.org
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