CTSD drugs are in a class all by themselves. These unique drugs are rarely pills, sometimes liquids, and frequently gases. They are vapor drugs that the patient can inhale. As such, they are incredibly dangerous to anyone else who does not need to take them. Attempting to administer them through a CTSD pharmacy is incredibly tricky. Given that most of the population has never heard of these drugs, here are the "5 W's" of CTSDs, and how they are safely administered in a pharmacy:

Who Takes CTSDs?

Usually, patients with pulmonary problems, breathing issues, and asthma are on CTSDs. One such example is an inhaler that does not dispense its medicine in any normal form. Instead, a capsule loaded with the medicinal vapor is loaded into the chamber of the inhaler. The patient only closes and snaps the lid shut when he or she is ready to inhale the vapor and hold it for a count of ten. The capsule is then disposed of for the next use. This eliminates the need for new inhalers after the old ones have been emptied.

What Are CTSDs?

CTSD stands for "Closed System Drug Transfers." The systems holding these drugs keep a tight seal on the vials or rare pill forms to prevent non-patients from inhaling or absorbing the drugs. If a non-patient were to inhale or absorb a drug, such as a pulmonary regulator for irregular breathing and heart rate, the consequences could be quite deadly. As an example, pregnant women are not allowed anywhere near these types of drugs as they are so potentially lethal that their babies in utero could die. Hence, the need for CTSD systems just to protect everyone else.

When Are CTSDs Taken or Used?

People on CTSD drugs have a life or death choice. Extend your life by taking a dangerous drug, or die and not take the drug. This is the seriousness of their conditions. As such, patients have to take these medications at precise times of the day, at exact intervals, and/or when an attack occurs.

Where Are These Drugs Taken?

Some CTSDs can only be given in a doctor's office. Others may be taken at home, so long as the patient strictly adheres to the instructions. Almost all of this class of drug are inhaled, but others may be absorbed through the skin or the lining of the mouth.

Why Would Anyone Take Such a Dangerous Drug?

As previously mentioned, patients taking CTSD drugs are faced with limited choices. Diseases such as chronic asthma, major defects and arrhythmias of the heart, and incredibly dangerous seizures are cause to take these drugs. For these reasons and more, pharmacies have developed the means to encapsulate and administer these drugs in a pharmacy setting so that patients do not have to go so far to get their medications.