Sickness or not feeling well in general can happen anywhere even in the office. Depending on the nature of work, specific illnesses are quite common. Lifestyle-related illnesses are common in graveyard shift lines of businesses, chemical factories, sanitation centers, etc. We can also consider physical injuries and general fatigue especially if the line of business entails physical labor.
There are a good number of companies or businesses that has their own clinic and medical staff. And usually, medicines are available for the employees when needed. However, we can’t expect them to have all kinds of medicines. As what I’ve told some of my colleagues, they are not a pharmacy. It is also feasible for the company to limit the medicines due to the cost especially if the medicines are overstocked. So they would have to consider the number of employees, the nature of work and the common illnesses in the workplace, cost of the medicines, etc.
Well, in most of the companies I’ve worked for, medicines are indeed limited. But there are some that have sufficient quantities of medicines for headaches, sore throat, fever, coughs and colds. These are very common and in my observation, there are at least 2 or more people who take these common medications everyday. There are also emergency medicines ready just in case but companies usually do not stock a lot of them since emergency cases do not happen that often. Again it is totally understandable since too many medicines can affect the companies’ overall expenses and profit.
However, at some point, limiting medicines further for employees might have bad implications. One time, emergency medicines in our office were limited to only 1 per day. The most common emergency medicines that we have are ampoules of nebule for asthma, Catapres for hypertension, antihistamine for allergy and several emergency injections just in case.
The problem is that sometimes, you need to take 2 medicines or more. It’s often much better to go straight to a hospital since in some cases, medicines for rare cases aren’t available or if you need specific or stronger medications you can’t find it in your clinic or infirmary.
Well it all depends on the companies but what’s important is that they provide ample medicines for their employees depending on, again, the nature of work and the number of employees. We have to admit though that there may be a small number of employees who take advantage of medicines in the office by taking one everyday then keeping it instead of drinking it.
It’s imperative to make guidelines for that or else it may affect the medicine supply especially for those who really need it. You could say that medicines should be taken inside the clinic. Or, have them sign a log sheet with their ID to confirm they already have taken their medicine. Well, as far saving money, what I could suggest is for the companies buy cheaper brands or reliable generic medications.