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Are You Medicine Smart?

By February 11, 2009 - 1:56am
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People taking multiple prescription drugs and herbal supplements must avoid dangerous interactions. Many factors contribute to the estimated 1.5 million preventable adverse drug events each year. In addition, miscommunication between physicians, patients, and pharmacists also contributes to this national problem. If you are someone taking prescription drugs, you should ask your doctor about possible interactions with an herbal or vitamin products before you start taking them.

The National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) has put together a list of questions for patients to ask before starting a new prescription. http://www.talkaboutrx.org/index.jsp

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My brother-in-law is a pharmacist and often catches errors doctors make in writing prescriptions that could counteract each other. The pharmacist gets more training in drugs and interactions than the medical student. So, I have come to trust my pharmacist to review my prescription history before dispensing the order.

February 16, 2009 - 6:25pm
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I want to thank you for this information. I am currently on medication to quit smoking and take supplements daily. I went onto the website and it appears there are no adverse reactions between the two of them. What a great find, thanks for the share.

February 15, 2009 - 12:14pm
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