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NACDS Launches Campaign to Promote Medication Safety

Magazine article Drug Topics

NACDS Launches Campaign to Promote Medication Safety

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The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is launching a campaign to help consumers learn how to take their medications safely and effectively and use their pharmacists as a valuable resource to achieve the best outcome from their drug therapy.

With a click of their mouse, consumers will be able to easily access the Pharmacy Care Index, an on-line interactive questionnaire. Consumers will be able to access the quiz at www.nacds.org and via a separate Web address, which will be announced later this month. Web site names being tested include rxiq, rxsmart, and scriptsafe.

Through the self-test, consumers can learn whether they are using medications appropriately and what they can do to maximize their drug therapy They can also learn what role their pharmacist plays in helping them achieve the best outcome from their drug therapy.

Commenting on its new consumer Web initiative, Susan Guiterman, senior v.p./communications and external affairs, NACDS, said, "We have put together the gold standard of what consumers need to know to take their medications safely and effectively-to tell them what questions they should be asking their pharmacist and what actions they should be taking to make sure they get the most out of their drug therapy. We are trying to get consumers to focus on the need to take their medications as directed and to talk to the pharmacist about side effects and other medications they are taking, including OTCs and supplements."

NACDS conducted a national benchmark study this past November in which more than 1,000 consumers took the Pharmacy Care Index by telephone. …

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