A mother reports she can not afford the antibiotic azithromycin(Zithromax),which was prescribed by the physician for her toddler’s otitis media.The nurse’s best response is to:
1.Instruct the mother on the importance of the medication.
2.Ask the mother if she knows anyone who could loan her the money.
3.Confer with the physician about whether a less expensive drug could be prescribed.
4.Consult with the social worker.
The nurse must act as an advocate for the client when the client can not afford treatment.It is possible to substitute a less expensive antibiotic.Correct procedure includes contacting the physician to explain the mother’s economic situation and request a substitution.For example,amoxicillin(Amoxil) is more economical than azithromycin.