The fact that you asked this question means that you are headed in the right direction. The Institute of Medicine compiled a fact sheet in July 2006 with suggestions on how to avoid medication errors in a variety of settings. Here are the suggestions regarding out-of-hospital prescription use.
- Keep a current list of all the products you are taking, such as prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and vitamin and mineral supplements.
- Show the list to each doctor you visit so he or she can review it.
- Make sure you know where to find information about your medications should you have questions.
Ambulatory Care/Outpatient Clinic
- Have the prescribing physician either write down or provide printed material including the name of the medication (both brand name and generic, if available), the purpose, dosage, and frequency.
- Ask the prescriber to explain correct use of the medication.
- Find out from the prescriber if there are any side effects and what to do if you experience them.
- Check the name of the drug and directions for use against what your prescribing doctor wrote down.
- Have the pharmacist review your list of medications.
- Ask the pharmacist any questions you have about the drug you are taking.
- Request written information about the drug.
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