Posted by: Bert Copple | October 27, 2014

It’s a Med, Med, Med, Med World

Red crossThe theme for Talk About Your Medicines Month this year is “Let’s Get In Sync,” and we think that’s a perfect and very relevant topic for many seniors, in light of the startling statistics about seniors and medications.

We know that four out of five people over 65 have at least one chronic health condition and that many are on multiple medications. We also know that many of these medications can have negative interactions with each other, which is why it’s so important for every member of a senior’s care team: from doctors, to pharmacists, to caregivers, to seniors themselves be aware of all of the medications they are on, their refill schedule and their interaction warnings.

One way to do this is through Align My Refills, a new partnership between the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). More than 5000 pharmacies nationwide participate in the program, which is called Med Sync, and that number continues to grow.

There are several good reasons to ask your pharmacist to enroll you in Med Sync. They include:

-Enlisting the pharmacy as a health advocate: By enrolling you in Med Sync, your pharmacist can take a more proactive role in ensuring your prescriptions are refilled and being taken properly.

-Remembering to refill: One-third of consumers have missed a dose of their medication because they didn’t refill their prescription before it ran out. Missing dosages can lead to serious side effects and even death.

-Convenience: By being able to pick up your prescriptions once a month, you are saving trips to the pharmacy.

Of course, there are some medications that are not appropriate for Med Sync, such as antibiotics, ointments, eye drops, and “as-needed” medications for pain, which is why it’s important to talk to both your pharmacist and your health care provider about how Med Sync can fit into your overall health program.

For more information about the care and well-being of seniors, please contact Home Instead Senior Care serving the Detroit metro, Oakland County, Macomb County, Wayne County, and Southeast Oakland County at 248-203-2273, visit our website, or Like us on Facebook.

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