Magazine article Drug Topics

Aging Patient-Education Series Gets a Facelift

Magazine article Drug Topics

Aging Patient-Education Series Gets a Facelift

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A 15-year-old patient-education program has been freshened up and relaunched to help patients understand their medications and to encourage them to be more actively involved in their own health care.

Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. has. reintroduced its Medication Education program, a series of easy-to-read booklets that provide patients with general information about a number of medical conditions. Also included are facts about Roche products that may have been prescribed for them. For example, one booklet explains edema, gives tips for controlling water retention, and provides a list of things to discuss with the physician. It also advises the patient on Roche's Bumex (bumetanide).

Printed materials can help reinforce the spoken word because patients who are preoccupied with their medical condition or diagnosis may not fully benefit from counseling alone, said Bruce Medd, M.D., v.p.-Roche professional services. "Health-care professionals who provide written materials in addition to verbal communication can greatly improve patient compliance, maximize the benefits of drug therapy, and increase the safe use of pharmaceuticals," he added.

Pharmacists play an important role in compliance by ensuring that patients understand how and when to take the medications prescribed for them, said Patricia Ensor, R. …

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