Magazine article Drug Topics

Survey Links Drug Counseling to Rx Volume

Magazine article Drug Topics

Survey Links Drug Counseling to Rx Volume

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How close are pharmacies to meeting the objectives of MedGuide, the Food & Drug Administration proposal requiring that, by the year 2000, 75% of new prescription patients receive written information about their drugs when having their Rxs filled?

According to the latest Schering survey, pharmacies may already be meeting this mandate. When written and oral forms of communication are combined, about 74% of patients said they are currently getting information when they pick up their drugs, Jack Robbins, Ph.D., consultant, pharmacy affairs at Schering Laboratories, told Drug Topics.

Here are some other findings from Schering Report XIX, which is based on a nationwide telephone poll of 1,129 consumers about the filling of their most recent prescription:

More than six out of 10 patients are receiving written information about their medications.

The written information covered topics such as how often to take the medicine (69%), possible side effects (62%), reaction with other drugs (62%), and how long to continue using it (62%). …

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