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April 5, 2005

UI Pharmacy Students Launch Brown Bag Day

University of Iowa College of Pharmacy students will hold a "Brown Bag Day" at the Iowa City Senior Center from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13.

The students, members of the UI chapter of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Academy of Students of Pharmacy, will assess seniors' prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements. They also will answer any questions seniors have pertaining to their medications.

Adverse drug reactions are the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States, according to the APhA. Students hope the "Brown Bag" event will raise awareness among seniors about medication use and risks.

The event is free and open to all seniors.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Media: David Pedersen, (319) 335-8032, david-pedersen@uiowa.edu; Writer: Christine Nicholson