Taking multiple medications increases your risk of being injured by a pharmacy error. Patients who take five or more medications are at the highest risk. Often when we visit the doctor we don't discuss all of the medicines, dietary supplements, vitamins and other medicines we take on a daily basis and this is dangerous. One way to prevent pharmacy errors is by bringing a brown paper bag with you to the doctor's office.
How a brown paper bag reduces pharmacy risks
For the last 10 years, Premera Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Washington has mailed its members a brown paper bag. This bag is meant to hold all of their medications, including over the counter medicines, herbal and other dietary supplements. Patients are instructed to take all these medicines to their primary care doctor to discuss them and it has been helpful for many patients because many supplements and herbs are not often discussed with the doctor.
According to a recent study done by the company, when at-risk patients 19 and over who were targeted for the brown bag practice because they used more than one medicine for a chronic condition, 29 percent had a medication change, 73 percent had their dosage changed and 63 percent stopped taking one or more medications.
Simple practice can save lives
Discussing with your doctor every single item that you take, whether on a regular basis or not, is a good way to keep yourself safe from medication mistakes. Everyone who uses a medicine, especially those who use one or more medications for a chronic illness, can benefit from this simple practice.
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