Duration Health

Inside the Bag

How do I decide what I need in my bag?

Every bag is custom built, using prices and contents shown on our website as a guideline only based on common configurations.

What ultimately goes in your bag will be decided in collaboration with a Duration Health provider during your mandatory health visit. You will then receive a final price quote, which you may approve or decline before purchase.

You must complete the mandatory online evaluation with one of our Duration Health providers before your bag is finalized. That conversation serves to ensure that the medications you're choosing are safe for you, but also allows you to consult with an expert if you're not sure what you need.

You should keep in mind that some patients may not receive any prescriptions following their consultation. This happens if our provider determines it would be inappropriate for a particular patient, based on factors like medical history, current health conditions, and other concerns.

Email us anytime at [email protected] if you need help getting started.

See also: Buying a Bag

What is the shelf life of the medications?

Per our pharmacy, all medications have a published shelf life of 1 year.

Using medications, even in an emergency situation, after their published shelf life is dangerous, and we discourage this practice. Instead, we offer free disposal of unused medications, and annual refills of expired medications, so you always have medications ready to use in an emergency.

See also: Pharmacy and Medications

How much of each medication do I get?

In most circumstances, one course of each medication is provided. For example, when treating a skin infection, a standard regimen is amoxicillin-clavulanate twice per day for 7 days, for a total of 14 tabs, and that's the amount of amoxicillin-clavulanate we provide.

The specific course, amount, and strength most commonly provided for each medication is listed in the detail page of each medication, under "When should I use it?"

However, every prescription is written to match each patient's needs, so quantities will vary. If you feel your circumstances require more of a particular medication, discuss this with your provider at the time of your video visit.

The Duration Health website discusses medications that aren't included in any of the bags. How would I get those medications?

No bag includes every item in our formulary.

Certain specialty items are applicable to special situations only. Contact [email protected] to discuss purchasing these items.

Are pain medications included? What about opioids?

Pain medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen are included. We do not provide opioids or other controlled substances.

Why did you include or exclude certain items?

The medications and supplies we offer at Duration Health were chosen based on established guidelines (such as the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines), expert opinion, and our mission to improve public safety by enabling medical preparation. We've tried to select items whose potential life-saving benefits outweigh their potential harms.

We've also intentionally excluded common medical and non-medical items you'll find in other kits, like ACE bandages or water purification tablets. These items are essential, but we're focused on our niche of medical products you can't find elsewhere, particularly prescription medications.

We would love to hear your suggestions on improving the list of items we offer. Drop us a note at [email protected].

Why would I need an EpiPen if I don't have allergies?

EPINEPHrine (EpiPen®) is one of a handful of drugs where having it immediately available can mean the difference between life and death. Anaphylaxis, which is treated with epinephrine, can happen without warning even in people with no history of allergies, or with a history of only minor alleriges.

It's a good idea to have these types of life-saving, no-substitute items on hand in a disaster. Other items meeting these criteria include naloxone (reverses opioid overdose), Duodote® (nerve gas antidote), emtricitabine and raltegravir (prevent contraction of HIV after exposure to that virus), and an automated external defibrillator (AED) (reverse cardiac arrest). Unfortunately, some of these items are expensive, but we offer them anyway because of their life-saving potential.

The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor, go to the emergency department, or call 911 immediately.