The generic medicines ,the need of pill box
The polymedicated elderly are the most affected by the new system of commercialization of medicines. Manufacturers and laboratories make the packaging and shape of the pills that patients are used to, varying from one week to the next. Pharmacists experience similar incidents daily. The patient refuses to receive their medicines in color and format they do not identify. In the pharmacy, they try to convince the patient, that there is no other solution, than to take the medicine prescribed, regardless of its format.
The preparation can be done by the patient himself or by a family member. In a few minutes and once a week the pills are organized (sometimes eight or more each day in several takes).
This way, regardless of the color or shape of the container and the color and shape of the tablet, the correct intake is guaranteed. And forgetting is easily detected.
The Community of Madrid provides polymedicated elderly patients through health centers and some pharmacies with a free pillbox to avoid the feared errors and their consequences.
Heroines at the Covi-19 front line
Today we want to talk about a very young girl, her name is Martina and she is 24. She was enrolled at Nursery School in Milan and was finishing writing her dissertation for defense. It was the 21st of February when she was called and asked, along with other 87 students, to finish her dissertation earlier because in the Northern part of Italy, Lombardy, more nurses were needed to face the Novel Coronavirus problem. Therefore she just had the time to finish the thesis in one week, and prepare for the official Nurses Practicioner Board Exam. She defended her dissertation on Skype, instead of a normal University classroom and became ready to serve the Italian Government! Along with her, all the other nurses that will go to the most hit cities, Bergamo and Brescia, are freshmen not scared of the danger of being in the ward underequipped.
We wish Martina all the best !!