Here are the facts from Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Adverse drug events (ADEs) are a serious public health problem. It is estimated that:
How can we keep our families, children and caregivers safe? Start with the 3 R’s for safe medication use
Know there are RISKS: All medicines, prescription and nonprescription, herbals, over the counter, natural supplements all have RISKS as well as benefits. You need to weigh these risks and benefits carefully for every medicine you take by discussing each medication use with your doctor or ask your pharmacist.
RESPECT: Yes, Respect the power of your medicine or medications and the value of medicines properly used.
adults have gone online to learn more about a medical condition.
Here are some highlights from the Pew report:
The point here: Communication is Key! The fact is that better medicine communication between patients and their healthcare providers can lead to safe and appropriate medicine use – and better health. Ask questions and if you are not sure what to ask? Refer to our 10 questions to ask before taking any medication. Take responsibility for learning about how to take your medication safely. The best way to do that is again to ask and discuss with your physician and/or pharmacist.
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Sources: Medication Use Safety Training for Seniors™ , National Council on Patient Information and Education.*Adapted from American Society of Consultant Pharmacist