Because I’m a nurse, I may have a bit of ‘inside’ knowledge about things health-care related and medications is one of those subjects.
Admit it; we’re going older. All we need to do is think of what we were doing 10 years ago and compare the two times; it is likely that we take more medication than 10 years ago, our hair is grayer; I know, only your hairdresser knows for sure…”
Because we’re getting older, there are likely more health challenges, even though they may require only one pill a day. When I read this article, I was reminded of the fact that twice a week, I congregate with other seniors, who may have run into problems, simply because they’re not always taught what their condition is; or if they’re taught, they don’t always retain the information. Most prescribers do teach patients, but often, seniors are too intimidated by physicians that they’re afraid to ask questions if they don’t understand. I know that this has prevented seniors from getting needed drug therapies. Hopefully, pharmacists can offer that ‘last line of defense’ and answer questions that patients need.
Having a chronic illness provides some of us with a silver lining to that chronic illness-cloud; we likely know the medications we are prescribed and undestand the reasons for them.
Medicare drug program doesn’t monitor prescribers San Francisco, CA — (SBWIRE) — 05/24/2013 — An investigation by ProPublica has found that the Medicare program, while it does a great job of making sure elderly and disabled members get the medication they need, it does not monitor who prescribes…