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Last Updated
October 2, 2015
WELCOME to the National Council on Patient Information and Education
One of the original patient safety coalitions, NCPIE has been working to advance the safe, appropriate use of medicines through enhanced communication since 1982.

Key Programs and Initiatives

30th NCPIE “Talk About Your Medicines” Month

October 2015 marks the 30th NCPIE “Talk About Your Medicines” Month
Our milestone anniversary theme, “Safe use. Safe storage. Safe disposal.,” captures, in 3 profound steps, the core purpose of NCPIE’s mission— to promote the wise use of medicines through trusted communication for better health.

This year’s program will include educational resources and social media messages that can be used to develop a “Talk About Your Medicines” Month program in your community.

Talk Before You Take

“Talk Before You Take” is a new national awareness campaign to encourage and improve communications between healthcare providers (HCPs) and patients about the benefits and potential risks of prescription medicines.

Visit TalkBeforeYouTake.org to learn more


Visit the Be Medicine Smart website to access the Adherence Action Agenda (A3) campaign materials including the report and recommendations.

Fact Sheets

  • Understanding Prescription Assistance Programs
    For more details, click on the links below.
    (HTML | PDF)
  • Tips on Safe Storage and Disposal of Your Prescription Medicines (Color | Black & White)

NCPIE’s 2007 Adherence Report

  • Enhancing Prescription Medicine Adherence: A National Action Plan (PDF)
    Media Advisory (PDF)

New! National Self Care Survey and Resources
NEW! - Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention
Medication Use Safety Training (MUST) for Seniors

Acetaminophen Safe Use for Seniors
Medicine Safety:
A Toolkit for Families