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Tips for managing your medicine

August 21, 2012

As researchers develop high tech solutions like smartphone apps, computerized tools and even ingestible devices to help individuals taking multiple medications manage their pills, it becomes increasingly important to not forget the simple stuff.

After all, proper medication safety practices have the potential to help prevent the more than 700,000 visits to hospital emergency departments each year resulting from undesirable drug effects.

An expert who can share some advice on the basics of medication management is:

Sarah Westberg, Pharm.D., associate professor in the University of Minnesota’s College of Pharmacy.

To watch a video interview with Westberg, click here.

“For anyone personally taking or administering numerous medications to others, it’s important to understand what’s being taken, the medication’s purpose and what the appropriate dosage is,” said Westberg.

Dr. Westberg advises:

“Your pharmacist – whether they’re at your clinic or at your local pharmacy – is there to help,” said Westberg. “They have great medication expertise, so don’t be afraid to ask them questions concerning your medications.”

To schedule an interview with Sarah Westberg, contact Miranda Taylor at (612) 626-2767, or tayl0551@umn.edu.

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