Some things never change

  1. We've all been there...

    This happened today:

    Parent: can my child use their expired inhaler and epi pen from last year?

    Me: I need unexpired medications and new MD orders along with an updated asthma action plan and allergy action plan signed by the physician each school year. It's the law.

    Parent: oh I don't have that. So he can use his old inhaler right?
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  3. by   Cattz
    C'MON NOW!! oh the joys!!
  4. by   kidzcare
    How can people understand that their yogurt coupon expires, but not their meds??
  5. by   Farawyn
    Quote from kidzcare
    How can people understand that their yogurt coupon expires, but not their meds??

    I am SOOOOOOOOOO stealing this.
  6. by   kidzcare
    Quote from Farawyn
    I am SOOOOOOOOOO stealing this.
    All my jokes are copyrighted.

    (including this one)
  7. by   djh123
    Mom needs a hearing test. Or maybe has problems with verbal comprehension.
  8. by   Jedrnurse
    Honestly, I MAY have dosed out of an expired inhaler or two while waiting for new ones. The whole expiration date thing is interesting. A pharmacy will label a one year date from the day of dispensing regardless of the manufacturer's date. There are actually a couple of articles about the efficacy of expired inhalers and Epi-pens. (Yes, those are late coming in to...)
  9. by   1mrsbs
    Good Golly Miss Molly (this is the phrase I use at work when I'm using curse words on the inside). LOL!!
  10. by   Blue_Moon
    I'm still waiting on several epi pens and inhalers. After all it's a BIG surprise we need new orders and the medication for the beginning of school. Who knew school would begin again and 8 weeks is just not enough time to get this taken care of. I'm just so unreasonable expecting this to be taken care of by the first day!
  11. by   djh123
    A pharmacist told me a few years ago that expired inhalers will last for 'years', and I think he added that they just wouldn't spray quite as effectively (not as much of the propellant remained).
  12. by   applewhitern
    Well I sure as heck wouldn't want to need it and find it was full, but without propellant.
  13. by   KKEGS
    Quote from Blue_Moon
    I'm still waiting on several epi pens and inhalers. After all it's a BIG surprise we need new orders and the medication for the beginning of school. Who knew school would begin again and 8 weeks is just not enough time to get this taken care of. I'm just so unreasonable expecting this to be taken care of by the first day!
    And when kids have had these meds at school year after year after year and parents still act like my needing all new orders and forms has come out of nowhere.
  14. by   ProfRN4
    Bad mom here: last year my daughter was carrying around an expired inhaler, needed it, used it, didn't get (enough) relief, one to the nurse, and I got reamed by the nurse! She is in HS, has orders to carry her own, and barely ever needs it! So I have to say, there's something to be said for the nurse having full control of this stuff. I have also worked as a camp nurse, so I have been on the other side of this. You'd think it would have made me more cognizant of this as a parent: NOPE.

    I have to say, I applaud you guys for having to deal with the likes of me (and other moms).

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