Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Ask About Medicines Week

This week is Ask About Medicines Week,
with an overall theme of asking about medicines as we get older. There are many commonly used medicines that can be dangerous in the elderly. In particular, aspirin and anti-inflamatory painkillers, such as ibuprofen, must be used with great caution given that they can cause stomach ulcers and can precipitate renal failure and heart failure.

It should not however take a PR campaign to encourage people to ask about their medicines. If patients have any questions about their medication they should feel free to ask their pharmacist, and pharmacists should be checking whether patients have any questions.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem is many of the public think the pharmacist is just a shopkeeper. It's public perception that really needs to be changed.

11:50 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've gone quite UK.
Cat got your keyboard?

4:03 pm  
Blogger UK Community Pharmacist said...

Very busy at moment - got some work to get finished for the postgrad course I'm doing that has to be in by Monday. Will be posting again next week.

8:26 pm  
Anonymous Stacy said...

Good! Pleased to hear it!

6:17 pm  

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