BBC pharmacist offering tips on how to avoid medication errors

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July 15, 2013

When your doctor gives you a prescription to be filled or you go to your pharmacist to pick up a prescription and you look at the label, what does all of those directions mean?


 On Wednesday, August 7, Shaun Phillips, PharmD, assistant vice president, diagnostic and therapy services for Bronson Battle Creek will offer at Burnham Brook Center the ‘Top 10 Tips to Avoid Medication Errors.’  His one-hour talk, which is free to the public, is sponsored through Senior Health Partners in coordination with Bronson Battle Creek.  A light lunch will be provided beginning at 11:30 a.m. followed by Dr. Phillips’ presentation at noon.  Seating is limited.  For reservations call toll free (800) 451-6310.


 Some of the first things a patient should do whenever their physician gives them a new prescription or makes changes to an old one, is ask the following questions:


What is the medication?


How does it work?


Why are they prescribing it?


What are the possible side effects and what should be done if you experience them?


How soon should you expect to feel a difference?


 A great resource for your medication is your pharmacist.  When you get your prescription, you will also receive a Consumer Medical Information Sheet (CMI).  Before you leave the pharmacy, read the CMI carefully.  If you have questions, ask the pharmacist.  She or he will be happy to answer them for you.


 Senior Health Partners, a community partnership of Bronson Battle Creek, CentraCare, Region 3B Area Agency on Aging, and Summit Pointe, works to expand wellness and educational offerings to senior citizens in Calhoun and surrounding counties.