The Revision Guide for Student Nurses (Part I)

Storage & Stock Control


  1. List criteria pertaining to the premises in which drugs are stored.
  2. Drugs must be stored according to the manufacturer's instructions. Can you list some common culprits that might decrease the efficacy of certain preparations?
  3. Why should drugs such as injectables and tablets only ever be stored in their original containers in the dispensary?
  4. List 2 drug groups that are stored in the refrigerator.
  5. The veterinary surgeon has asked you to dispense 50 tablets. There are 2 containers of this medication in stock; 1 in use, 1 full. You have finished up the existing stock and open the new batch. In order to ensure good stock rotation, what would you do to the new container?
  6. Describe the disposal of the following waste: used syringes, used needles, empty vaccination vials, returned cytotoxic tablets.
  7. Why must returned drugs never be replaced to stock for resale?
  8. How should Controlled drugs be stored?
  9. How should cytotoxic drugs be stored?