ALTON — Senior Services Plus has partnered with the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists to offer the second annual Medicine Management event.
SIUE pharmacy students will review medications with residents and answer questions about prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at Senior Services Plus, 2603 N. Rogers Ave. The event is free and open to the public.
“We had a pretty good response last year and we hope to have more people come this year,” SIUE pharmacy staff member Alysha Hale said. “This is a great opportunity for area residents to get help and have questions answered about their medications while students learn valuable lessons on how to communicate with their future clients. We will have an SIUE pharmacist faculty member on site to supervise as well.”
SSP staff members work closely with clients to improve their health through nutrition and fitness. Knowing what medications their client takes is vital to create an accurate health plan.
“I would say roughly 90 percent of our clients are on some form of medication,” SSP wellness coordinator Lucas Hale said. “We get a lot of questions about different medications. SSP is very fortunate to have a great relationship with the SIUE pharmacy school. I know I can call on them any time to have questions answered about particular prescriptions. It’s all about the safety of our clients.”
With budget cuts, many seniors are having to choose between medications and other needs. The Medicine Management event can help make sure people aren’t taking duplicate medications, can afford their medications and make sure prescriptions are compatible.
“It seems the older we get, the more doctors we end up seeing,” Hale said. “Those different doctors may not be aware of what the other prescribes. Communication between patients and doctors is so important and with the cost of health care, we’re concerned patients are not getting what they need.
“Whenever someone picks up their prescriptions, they are typically asked if they have any questions for the pharmacist; that is the time to ask about mixing medications from different doctors and if they are safe to take together. We hope that this event will get things sorted for our area residents and get them on the right path.”
SIUE pharmacy students go through six years of education before graduating the program with a doctorate. The first two years are undergraduate prerequisite courses followed by four years of graduate school. The students who are performing the consultations at SSP are first- through third-year students.
Anyone attending the event is asked to bring a list of all medications, the dosage and the name of the doctor who prescribed each prescription. For information, call Senior Services Plus at (618) 465-3298.