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Last Updated
February 27, 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


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

www.bemedicinesmart.org

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

New Name & New Theme! October 2014 marks NCPIE’s 29th Annual “Talk About Your Medicines” Month—Let’s Get In Sync

This year, we’ve changed the name from “Talk About Prescriptions” to the new “TALK ABOUT YOUR MEDICINES”

Our theme is “LET’S GET IN SYNC”
HEART DISEASE… HIGH CHOLESTEROL… DIABETES… HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE… DEPRESSION… ARTHRITIS… CANCER… ASTHMA

This October and beyond, NCPIE is partnering with the American Pharmacists Association Foundation on the launch of a comprehensive consumer education campaign encouraging patients and caregivers to explore opportunities to engage with pharmacists providing ongoing medication counseling and medication synchronization (sync) services by making multiple medicine refills available at the same time each month or other designated timeframe. Medication synchronization is achieved by using a new patient care service called the Appointment Based Model (ABM) which is designed to improve patients’ adherence to medications and build efficiencies in pharmacy operations.

Click here for more about “Talk About Your Medicines” Month 2014

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! - Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention
www.mustforseniors.org
Medication Use Safety Training (MUST) for Seniors

Acetaminophen Safe Use for Seniors
www.bemedwise.org
Medicine Safety:
A Toolkit for Families