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Last Updated
September 2, 2014
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


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

October 2013 - 28th Annual “TALK ABOUT PRESCRIPTIONS” Month

This October marks NCPIE’s 28th national Talk About Prescriptions” Month (TAP Month). This year, our theme for TAP Month is “Be Medicine Smart”. On October 15, 2013 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, NCPIE launched a new national campaign called the Adherence Action Agenda (The A3 Project), with a particular emphasis on improving medication adherence by Americans suffering from chronic and multiple chronic conditions (MCCs). NCPIE issued the call to action in a new report: Accelerating Progress in Prescription Medicine Adherence: The Adherence Action Agenda. The report provides a series of 10 Recommendations for Action to improve medication adherence for this vulnerable population and with it the potential to reduce adverse health and economic consequences of poor adherence. NCPIE also launched a dedicated web platform www.bemedicinesmart.org.

NCPIE Awarded FDA Grant

The National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) has been awarded a grant by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research's Office of Communications for a consumer research and education initiative – representing a milestone in NCPIE's 30-year history, and turning the page on its next chapter of enhancing medicine communication.

NCPIE will formulate a consumer and healthcare professional research agenda on medication risk and drug safety communication and develop, implement, and assess a national educational program addressing medication risk reduction to promote safe and appropriate medicine use.

Earlier this year, NCPIE convened leaders from the Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, and Ipsos, a national survey research firm to develop a national survey of consumers and healthcare professionals entitled, "Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors Regarding Medication Risk and Safety Information: A Survey of Patients and Healthcare Professionals in the US." The target for administration of the online survey is September, 2013.

Next steps following completion and analysis of the dual survey findings include:

  • Development and launch of a national risk communications educational campaign extrapolating from the survey findings. An external project advisory team (PAT) has been identified and invited to collaborate with NCPIE to provide input into formulation of campaign messaging for delivery through traditional and social media channels; to suggest collateral materials for healthcare providers, consumers, patients and caregivers, and to support development of implementation and assessment planning.
  • Development of a project-specific NCPIE Risk Communications web platform. The web platform will serve as a repository for survey research findings, key messaging and other collateral elements of the planned consumer and healthcare provider educational initiative, along with external resource links.

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
Medication Use Safety Training (MUST) for Seniors

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