Your pharmacist is an important member of your health care team. Many people are taking more and more medications today to improve health and extend their lives. Unfortunately, if not taken properly, medications don’t always work the way we expect them to, and in some cases can even cause harm. Your pharmacist can help you realize the full scope of your medication routine, by pointing out possible interactions between prescription, over-the-counter, herbal and supplement medications and reviewing your medications to see if they are the right ones for you and if they are working the way they should. They can also provide valuable information on potential cost savings and tips to get the most benefit from your medication.
You can learn more here: http://www.mpha.org/resource/resmgr/imported/MTMcare_brochure.pdf
Read more about choosing a pharmacist and what they can help you here:
Medication Safety Tips
It is important that a patient be an advocate for themselves. Ask questions - find out all you can about your medical conditions. If you have questions about the medications prescribed for you, ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information. Read more about how to use medicines safely here.
Being Aware to Help Prevent Drug Abuse: Get Informed
Medication use may seem like common sense, but unintentional misuse can lead to tragic incidents. Safety tips for all members of your family, from kids to seniors, can prevent accidents. Did you know that 15 million people have used prescription drugs non-medically in the past year? Safely disposing of unwanted or expired medications can keep the medications from falling into the wrong hands. Working together, we can all make a difference in the fight against prescription drug abuse.
Learn more about how to safely acquire, use, prevent abuse of dispose of medicines by being AWARxE and visiting http://www.awarerx.pharmacy/. You can sign up for a information newsletter that will keep you current on the latest news.
The AWARxE prescription drug safety program is brought to you by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) FoundationTM.
Other Helpful Resource Links
- How your pharmacist can help you with your medicines by getting the Medication Therapy Management Brochure.
- Read more about Generic Drugs and get your questions answered here: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/QuestionsAnswers/ucm100100.htm
- Over use of antibiotics can lead to resistant bugs. You can help. Learn about antibiotics, preventing antibiotic-resistant infections, and appropriate use of antibiotics here: "MARC" Minnesota Antibiotic Resistance Collaborative
- Nearly 4 billion prescriptions are filled in the United States every year, and it has been estimated that as much as a third of the dispensed medication goes unused – leading to potentially 200 million pounds of pharmaceuticals that could adversely affect the environment if disposed of improperly. Studies have demonstrated that pharmaceuticals are present in our nation's waterways, and further research suggests that certain drugs may cause ecological harm. Learn about disposing of medication safely at home here and www.disposemymeds.org.
- Learn about disposing of needles and syringes here: Safe Disposal of Sharps
- AWARxE Prescription and Over the Counter Medication campaign. Learn more about how to safely acquire, use, prevent abuse of dispose of medicines by being AWARxE http://www.awarerx.pharmacy/.
- RxDangers aims to be your trusted resource, educating the public about all defective medical devices and dangerous medications that are available on the market today. Learn more about recent information and statistics on defective drugs & medical devices http://www.rxdangers.com/