Do you ever have questions on how to safely take your medicines?
Medication errors can happen in clinics and hospitals, pharmacies, and at home. Patients and healthcare providers, however, can work together to help prevent these errors.
Follow our patient Anna as she makes the most of visits with her healthcare team and pays attention to how to take her medicines at home.
For medicine safety tips that may help you take medicines more safely, keep reading and be sure to click on the blue boxes below for even more information.
Medicine Safety Tips For Patients by Pfizer
MEDICINE SAFETYTIPS FOR PATIENTS
LEARN HOW TO USE YOURMEDICINES MORE SAFELY
Medicines improve the lives of many people.They can help us get healthy and stay healthy.
For most patients, the benefits of taking a
medicine are greater than the risks when
used as prescribed.
medication errors, which are preventable
mistakes that may harm a patient or lead
to inappropriate medication use.
These errors can happenin clinics and hospitals, inpharmacies and at home
They cause almost 100,000
hospitalizations every year
in the United States
Patients like you can help prevent medication errors.
Talk with your healthcare team and ask questions about yourhealth and medicinesRead medicine labels carefully and follow instructions on howto take your medicines more safelyBe an engaged partner in your health and the health of others
NEVER FORGET THAT YOU, THE PATIENT, ARE AN IMPORTANT
MEMBER OF THE HEALTHCARE TEAM.
Anna, our patient, manages her whole family’s medicines.She makes the most of visits with her healthcare team including:
• Doctors• Physician Assistants• Nurses
AT THE CLINIC
When Anna visits her newdoctor, Dr. Chan, shebrings a list of themedicines she takes andquestions to ask herdoctor.
At the visit, Anna andher doctor shareinformation. They buildthe best possibletreatment plan for her.
Anna leaves herdoctor’s office with aprescription andinformation on her newmedicine’s benefits andrisks.
YOUR CLINIC VISIT
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR DOCTOROR OTHER HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
CARE IN THE HOSPITAL
AT THE PHARMACY
Anna visits her pharmacist, Dr. Rosa,to pick up a few of her refills and thenew medicine Dr. Chan prescribed.
Before Anna leaves the pharmacy,Dr. Rosa explains some of themedicine’s important points.
DECIDING ON A PHARMACY
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR PHARMACIST
READING YOUR PRESCRIPTION LABEL
MAKING A LIST OF ALL YOUR MEDICINES
At home, Anna pays special attention to
how to take and store her medicines.
TAKING YOUR MEDICINE
STORING YOUR MEDICINE
THROWING AWAY MEDICINES AND SHARPS
Anna also helps manage the medicines that her mother and young son take.Older age patients and children are unique when it comes to taking medicines.
OLDER AGE PATIENTS
SPOT COUNTERFEIT (FAKE) DRUGS
Counterfeit drugs are fakes. They are not produced under safe manufacturing
conditions and are not inspected by regulatory authorities. They may look the
as a real medicine but they can contain:
•No medicine at all•Wrong ingredients•Harmful ingredients
Ordering medicines over the internet from websites that
unknown or untrustworthy
may be a serious
counterfeit threat to patients.
If anything seems different
about the color, texture, shape or taste of your medicine,
talk to your pharmacist.
LEARN HOW TO SPOT THE FAKES AND WHAT PFIZERDOES TO PROTECT PATIENTS FROM THEM