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Medication Calendar 12/17/07
This tool provides patients with an easy-to-understand list of medications that includes indications as well as dose, route, frequency, and specific timing recommendations. Medications and instructions can be typed out and provided to patients before discharge.
Buying Prescription Medicine Online: A Consumer Safety Guide 12/17/07

This guide provides information about Web sites that sell medications, offers tips when purchasing medications online, and offers suggestions for consumers looking for a safe Web site. The guide is available as both a Web page and a brochure, in both English and Spanish.

Medicines and You: A Guide for Older Adults 12/17/07

This 19-page guide presents information to help older adults avoid problems with medication use.

This guide addresses the following topics:

  • Aging and health: You and your medicines
  • Talk to your health care professionals
  • What you need to know about your prescription medicines
  • Taking prescription medicines
  • Taking over-the-counter medicines
  • Cutting medicine costs
  • Tips for seniors on safe medicine use
  • My medicine record...
Drugs that Prolong the QT Interval and/or Induce Torsades de Pointes Ventricular Arrhythmia 12/17/07

This Web page identifies drugs that prolong the QT interval and/or induce torsades de pointes ventricular arrhythmia.

This Web page provides links to view drug lists in the following categories:

  • Drugs with risk of torsades de pointes
  • Drugs with possible risk of torsades de pointes
  • Drugs to be avoided by congenital long-QT patients
  • Drugs unlikely to cause torsades de pointes

Each list can be sorted by brand or generic name. Drugs are listed...

A Systems Approach to Quality Improvement in Long-Term Care: Safe Medication Practices Workbook 12/17/07

This 200-page resource manual outlines a systems approach to medication management in long-term care. It is designed to provide nursing home staff with a step-by-step guide through the key processes of a comprehensive medication management system and address areas that can lead to the reduction of medication errors. In addition, tools are offered as strategies to reduce the incidence and harm of errors.

The topics addressed in this manual include the following:

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National Institutes of Health (NIH) SeniorHealth 12/17/07

This Web site makes aging-related health information easily accessible for adults 60 and older, as well as their family members and friends.

This Web site addresses the following topics:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Arthritis
  • Balance problems
  • Breast cancer
  • Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s
  • Cataract
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Diabetic retinopathy...
Side Effects of Anti-HIV Medications, Fact Sheets 12/17/07

This series of fact sheets discusses some of the major side effects of anti-HIV medications. The information in this series is based on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents and Management of Metabolic Complications Associated with Antiretroviral Therapy for HIV-1 Infection: Recommendations of an International AIDS Society-USA Panel.

These fact sheets address...

Quick Tips--When Getting a Prescription 12/17/07

This Web site presents questions for patients to ask their doctor, nurse, and/or pharmacist when prescribed a medication.

Some topics addressed include:

  • Generic medications
  • Dosage
  • Potential side effects
  • Issues to discuss with doctor about new prescriptions
My Medication Record 12/17/07

Patients can use this form to keep track of all their medicines and supplements. Patients are encouraged to show it to their doctors and pharmacist at each visit and ask them to check for unnecessary duplications or medicines that could interact to cause harm.

This form includes the following fields to be completed by the patient:

  • Name of medicine or product
  • How much do I take?
  • When and how do I take it?
  • Why do I take it?
  • Start...
Guidelines for Using Medicines Safely 12/17/07

This tool provides tips to patients on safe medication use. It outlines steps they should take at the doctor’s office, at the pharmacy, and at home.

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