How do patients ‘qualify’ to get Biodose?

Biodose is available to care homes, nursing homes and domiciliary care agencies – just ask your pharmacy, or contact us to find your local provider.

How can pharmacies start supplying Biodose?

Drop us a line and we will put you in touch your local Biodose representative..

How much does Biodose cost?

Biodose is free for care homes and service users. For more details of costs for pharmacies, get in touch.

Will it meet CQC guidelines?

CQC Outcome 9 (regulation 13) requires that “people should be given the medicines they need when they need them, and in a safe way”. CQC inspectors actively check that “procedures exist to ensure the safe handling of medicines”. Care homes using Biodose tell us that CQC inspectors have commented on the improvement in the extent to which their medication management procedures address the requirements of Outcome 9.

Will it complicate things for staff in the care home?

On the contrary. Having more medications in one place, including liquids, means that your staff can avoid the risks associated with repeat dispensing and don’t have to measure as many medications for themselves.

Biodose pods remain sealed even once popped out of the tray, so if there’s a problem and you need to pause giving meds, you can just put the pod back into the tray until the problem is resolved, before giving it to the service user.

Will it be more difficult for service users and care home residents?

No. Having their meds together in one pod makes taking them quicker and easier for the service user. Biodose also allows service users in their own home greater independence when it comes to taking their medication themselves, as they don’t have to measure out doses of liquids or remember to remove several pills from different packaging.

Why should I choose Biodose over other medication management systems?

Biodose is the only system on the market to accommodate liquids as well as tablets and capsules, and 85% of Biodose pharmacy partners say Biodose is better than the competition.1 The rate at which care homes are switching to Biodose, and users’ positive feedback shows why Biodose is considered a superior safeguard against medication error.
1. Pharmacy research conducted June 2013

Medication in Biodose

What medication can go in Biodose?

Almost all liquids, tablets and capsules can go into Biodose – the pods are hermetically sealed, so they’re even suitable for some hygroscopic (water absorbent) tablets which cannot be packaged in other monitored dosage systems.

Can controlled drugs go in Biodose?

Controlled drugs can be packaged into Biodose and can be locked in the CD cabinet provided, in accordance with care homes’ own medication policy.

How much medication does Biodose hold?

Biodose pods can hold a maximum of nine different tablets or capsules, or 10ml of liquid. Trays are available in weekly (7 day) or monthly (28 day) versions, to best suit the needs of the service user.

Won’t there be liquid left in the pod after the dose is taken?

The plastic used to make Biodose pods is naturally hydrophobic, meaning it repels liquid, so there is very little residue left in the pods after the liquid has been consumed.

What about PRNs?

Biodose pharmacies provide these to care homes in a separate tray on request.

Are liquids stable in Biodose?

Biodose pods are hermetically sealed with a patented sealing process so liquid medication remains stable in Biodose. Using Biodose means that the liquids are sealed until immediately before they are administered, as opposed to dispensing from original packs, where bottles are re-opened and exposed to air, light and bacteria multiple times per day.

What if…?

What if I drop a tablet or capsule?

Dropped tablets or capsules should not be administered and should be treated in accordance with your medication policy. However, if a pod is dropped before the lid is peeled off, the medication can still be administered because the seal has not been broken.

What if a patient refuses their medication?

The refused medication should be resealed in the Biodose pod using a ‘refused’ sticker provided, replaced in the tray and returned to the pharmacy.

What if there is a change of medication?

Working in partnership with the pharmacy, there are several ways to handle this.

  • If a medication is temporarily stopped, you can use the medication pictures on the PIC chart to identify and removed the unwanted medication, which is then returned to the pharmacy.
  • The pharmacy can collect the old tray and reissue a new tray and new MAR chart.
  • Alternatively, the pharmacy may issue an additional tray (if extra medication is required) and an additional MAR for the new medication.

What if I find an error while administering medication?

  • Because all medication going into the Biodose system is measured and checked by the pharmacy before delivery, errors are extremely rare. In the unlikely event an error is detected, it should be recorded in accordance with your medication policy and immediately reported to the dispensing Biodose pharmacy.