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UK Participates in Pharmacy Week

Contact: Jill Holder

 

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A conversation between the patient and pharmacist about prescription and over-the-counter medicines being taken can maximize health benefits and help avoid harmful side effects. Pharmacists can tell you about potential dangerous interactions with food, medicines, or dietary supplements.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 17, 2003) -- Answers to most medication questions are just around the corner. “Know Your Pharmacist, Know Your Medicines,” is the theme of National Pharmacy Week, Oct. 19-25, 2003. During this time, the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy reminds Kentuckians that pharmacists are their best and most accessible medication experts.

“Improper use of medications cause about 10 percent of all hospital admissions annually and nearly 50 percent of all hospital admissions annually among senior citizens,” said Matt McMahan, Pharm.D., assistant professor and clinical pharmacist, UK College of Pharmacy.

“Older Kentuckians are at a greater risk for hospitalization and death from adverse drug reactions. Regular medicine checkups can help our aging population stay healthy and avoid these unnecessary outcomes,” said McMahan.

A conversation between the patient and pharmacist about prescription and over-the-counter medicines being taken can maximize health benefits and help avoid harmful side effects. Pharmacists can tell you about potential dangerous interactions with food, medicines, or dietary supplements.

There are important steps you can take to medicate safely. Ask your pharmacist if your medication will work safely with other prescription and nonprescription medicines you may be taking, including herbal products. Following the pharmacist’s advice also can safely save you money by ensuring proper medication use.

Also, it is important to follow instructions and to discontinue use of a medication only after consulting with your health care provider. Discontinuing medicine before it is recommended can lead to more expensive treatment. If you have questions about your medication, ask your community pharmacist.


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