University program offers review of medications

10/21/2009 - By: Ed Cohen

Nevada elders wondering if the combination of prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements they’re taking could be harming them instead of helping them can now find out for sure.

The Medication Therapy Management program — offered through the Sanford Center for Aging at the University of Nevada, Reno — will review a senior’s entire drug regimen for safety and effectiveness. The review is offered statewide and at no charge.

The number of reviews that can be performed is limited, however, and participation is open only to Nevada seniors who are 60 and older and who are taking five prescriptions or more.

Medication reviews are important because almost one out every three times when a senior is hospitalized it’s because of a preventable medication–related problem.

For more information: Teresa Sacks, M.P.H., Health Research Analyst, Sanford Center for Aging, University of Nevada, Reno, at (775) 784-1612 or sackst@unr.edu.


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