Posts on Medication
Are you among the U.S. adults who take at least one medication or those who take five or more?
Experts call them “adverse drug events”—when someone has been harmed by a medicine—and they’re a serious public health problem. These mishaps account for an estimated 1 million visits to U.S. emergency departments each year and 125,000 hospitalizations. To help you use your medications safely, here are a few simple tips:
Did you know that 50% of patients fail to take their medications as prescribed by their doctor and that about 20% of the prescriptions doctors write aren’t filled?
Have you ever seen the words “generic” on the label of a prescription pill bottle? Or seen boxes of pain relievers that show the logo of the grocery store instead of the popular brand? Are you curious about whether these plain-vanilla products are viable alternatives to their fancier brand name counterparts?