a search of the aarp site for "medication safety" got some of these links:
- my personal medication record
- where's my medication?
- over-the-counter safety tips. some really good information here!
- using medications wisely. aarp links to more information on using medications safely
- using medications wisely. different information from the above weblink
- herbal supplements: are they safe?
- medicines and you
- my personal health record. this website is a free public service of the american health information management association (of which i happen to be a member!). you can examine and, perhaps, even choose to print off the medication section of the document as a handout. regardless, the health record is something you should all have for yourselves personally anyway. this kind of written record is valuable to have whenever you have to go to a new doctor or the emergency room because everything is already written down.
- patients on certain medications should be given information about medic alert. once they sign up for this service, they give a heath history to the company that includes a list of all the medications they are taking. besides the bracelets and tags, they also receive a credit card size card with more detailed information on it to carry with them that includes a list of their medications and emergency numbers to call.
you also might want to list or talk about some websites where medication information can be obtained online. medline plus at http://www.medlineplus.gov/
has a whole section on medication. you will find the link to "drugs & supplements" at the top left of the webpage or you can access it through the site map. if you click on "drugs & supplements" you will be taken to a page with several other links. you can search for specific drugs by putting their name in the search box or using the alphabet search on this page. the page also includes a link to medical product safety information from med watch, a division of the fda, which tracks medication errors.
most of the major pharmacies have online drug information for consumers as do major health insurance providers. this is the link to the "ask a pharmacist" archived questions on the walgreens site (http://www.walgreens.com/library/ask/aap_archive.jsp
). scroll down to the section titled medication safety
and you will find several questions and answers to link into on this subject. i didn't check the websites of any other pharmacies or insurance companies, but i imagine they might have similar information.
these are just the things i can come up with as i'm eating my breakfast and taking my own handful of daily pills! have fun researching!