A closer look
Before you leave the
Read the drug label to make sure the prescription is
drug store, get the facts.
yours and matches the one written by your provider.
Talk About Prescriptions
There are checks and balances to prevent prescription errors, but slip ups can occur.
Take a second look to make sure you get the right medicine. More
Timothy Velasquez, 67, is like a lot of people — rarely, if ever, did he extensively question the details of his prescription drugs.
If questions were few to his doctor, they were even less to his pharmacist. “I trusted those guys,” he said. “They put [the drugs] in a bag and I walked out.”
Velasquez can only shake his head at his past irresponsible attitude. Especially in light of the fact that he is on 10 different drugs for heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and other medical complications. He considers himself fortunate. More
Stephanie Andrews learned her lesson the hard way.
Like most people, the 36-year-old mother of two, who asked that her real name not be used, underestimated the potency and impact of the over-the-counter (OTC) drugs she was taking to relieve her abdominal cramps. More
Medicine: A lifeline — when used correctly
Whether you have a chronic health issue like diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure or a curable illness like the flu or pneumonia, medicine prescribed by your doctor can be a lifeline. When taken properly, medications can help you live a longer, healthier life. The tips below will help you gain the greatest benefit from the medicines you need, while helping to stretch your health care dollars. More