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Medication Management Program aims to lower adverse drug reactions among seniors

Did you know that the average American is 10 times more likely to be hospitalized from an adverse drug reaction than from a motor vehicle accident?

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Did you know that 10.7 percent of hospital admissions in older adults are associated with adverse drug reactions?

The Douglas County Senior Citizen’s Office is hoping to lower those numbers by holding Medication Therapy Management sessions throughout Douglas County in 2014.

Medication Therapy Management strives to maximize the benefit of medication therapy while minimizing potential risks. Clinical pharmacists, trained to identify and resolve medication issues, will visit with senior citizens free of charge to discuss:

• Indications for all medications.

• Appropriateness of doses.

• Drug-drug interactions.

• Drug contraindications or allergies.

• Appropriate length of therapy.

• Missing drug therapy.

• Therapeutic duplications.

• Appropriateness of laboratory monitoring.

• Adverse drug reactions or administration issues.

• Cost issues.

• Immunizations and more.

Your medications will be evaluated to determine if they are appropriate, effective, safe and reasonably convenient for you.

The pharmacist will then work with both the senior and his/her doctor to provide education, facilitate communication, enhance drug therapy outcomes and type up recommendations for both the senior and the doctor.

More information on the Medication Therapy Management classes will be published in a future Echo Press, or you may contact Mary Krueger at the Douglas County Senior Citzen’s Office at (320) 762-3047 for more information.