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MA Prescription for Medication Safety

December 3, 2008

Boston, MA – The end of the year is approaching, and Bay Staters are being encouraged to take an inventory of medications and dosages, both prescriptions and other remedies. The Partnership for Healthcare Excellence and CVS pharmacies are teaming up to hand out wallet-sized cards that can be used for the list.

CVS pharmacist Bill Irvin says the medication list is one of the best things people can do to stay healthy.

"This list should be shared with your doctor, pharmacist, and family members, so they can ensure you are taking the right medications the right way."

The cards can speak for people who can't talk in an emergency situation. First-responders have been trained to look for the cards.

Marilyn Kramer with the Partnership for Healthcare Excellence advises people to take the card to regular doctor visits, too.

"They can share it with their physician - because sometimes physicians aren't aware of what you're taking at home, or what other physicians may have prescribed."

Irvin says the card can be used to open a conversation with a doctor or pharmacist any time there is a question about side effects, drug interactions, or exactly what a medication is supposed to do. He says ask questions first, and never stop taking a medication unless under medical professional direction.

Deborah Smith/Deb Courson, Public News Service - MA