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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 City.

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.