CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: Nov. 26, 2001
UI pharmacy students to provide drug information at Johnson County Senior
Center Nov. 29
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Senior pharmacy students from the University of Iowa
College of Pharmacy will meet and talk with older adults from noon to 1 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 29 at the Johnson County Senior Center, 28 Linn St., in Iowa
Under the direction of UI College of Pharmacy faculty as well as local pharmacists,
the students will provide information related to medications. The students
will conduct structured medication reviews, complete medication lists for
individuals, provide information on accessing free prescription medications
and distribute information about the new Iowa Priority Prescription Savings
Program. The services and information are free.
Prescription, nonprescription and herbal medications are effective and necessary
for many individuals to improve their health. Yet medication use, particularly
among older adults, is not perfect, noted Karen Farris, Ph.D., UI associate
professor of clinical and administrative pharmacy.
"Drug-drug interactions can occur, and people sometimes do not take
their medications as intended, so the benefit is not achieved," Farris
said. "This event will give our students good experience interacting
with older Johnson County residents while at the same time provide valuable
medication information to these older adults."
A structured medication review can help older adults stay informed about
their medications. This review is a discussion between patient and health
professional that lasts about 20 to 40 minutes. The patient's medications
are considered in terms of how each medication is working, how each medication
is taken and any concerns or questions the patient may have.