Magazine article Drug Topics

Patriot Games

Magazine article Drug Topics

Patriot Games

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The thousands of people from around the world who descend on Atlanta this month for the Olympic and Paralympic Games are being offered a free service they won't even know is there-- unless they suddenly have a problem with medication and need the expertise of a pharmacist.

A 24-hour Olympic Games medication information hotline is being manned by 15 volunteer pharmacists, backed by a sophisticated drug database and translation services. The hotline is designed to serve the athletes, their trainers, coaches, and families, as well as spectators. Funded by major sponsor Pfizer International, with contributing support by Solvay Pharmaceuticals Inc., the hotline is the official source of medication information for the Olympic Games Medication Services Department and the Paralympic Games. It will be manned from July 8 through Aug. 7.

The free information line operates from Atlanta, out of the Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy Drug Information Center in the Swilley Library. The pharmacists, who were selected from the 150 other drug information centers around the country, are paying their own expenses to participate in the hotline, said William Kelly, professor/chairman, pharmacy practice department.

Publicity about the hotline has extended beyond Georgia to bordering states and to Washington, D.C., where some Olympic events will take place. Mercer is spreading the word to physicians, emergency room personnel, pharmacists, and hotel concierges in every Olympic venue city. …

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