The FDA has released important information on the requirements for storage and handling of dabigatran; it has to be stored in the bottle in which it comes (not in a pill box, due to degradation of the product), and has to be used within 60 days of opening. Patients on dabigatran should be counseled not to put the pills into anything other than the original container (FDA site)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.