Today the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) launched the SCOUTStrong Be MedWise Award, providing the opportunity
for Scouts to earn a patch for learning about the safe and appropriate use of medicines and bolster their
commitment to healthy living. The award’s educational curriculum was developed in collaboration with the National
Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE). The goal of the award and patch program is to teach Scouts
about the importance of using medicines responsibly and the danger of misusing medicines by not following the
directions on the label.
The SCOUTStrong Be MedWise educational materials are publicly available online for use not only by Scout units
nationwide, but also by other interested youth groups and health advocacy groups who want to bring safe medicine
use education to their communities. To download materials, visit http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BSAFit/MedWise_Award.aspx
According to a new national survey released today, people are taking greater ownership of their
health, demonstrating knowledge and resourcefulness when it comes to healthcare-related matters. In
fact, 64 percent of respondents believe they could be making more decisions about their health and
wellness. The survey shows that the majority of surveyed individuals (88%) feel confident in their
abilities to take responsibility for their health and 89 percent agree that they know where to look
and whom to ask if they have health questions or concerns.
The survey was conducted by Ipsos in collaboration with the National Council on Patient Information
and Education (NCPIE) and Pfizer. It examined the current perceptions, behaviors and trends among a
nationally representative sample of 2,024 U.S. individuals, aged 18 and older, 516 primary care
physicians (PCPs) as they relate to managing an individual’s health and wellness, and navigating a
changing healthcare landscape. Visit www.BeMedWise.org
new Self Care Resources page to learn more.
Take control of your health today! Tweet #ownyourhealth @tweetNCPIE.
New public research shows that there are gaps in communication between healthcare providers and
patients about the benefits and potential risks of prescription medicines. Nearly half of Americans
are taking prescription medicines, and over 20 percent of Americans take at least three. Yet
research shows that approximately 62 percent of patients are not aware of any safety warnings about
their medicines, and 10 percent of patients unaware of the possibility of a severe reaction or side
effect to any of the medicines they are taking actually experience a serious drug reaction.
Improving communication about prescription medicines can help ensure that patients avoid adverse
drug reactions, improve adherence, and live healthier lives. Today the National Council on Patient
Information and Education (NCPIE) is launching a national education campaign, Talk Before You Take,
designed to address these gaps and encourage informed patient and healthcare provider engagement
and conversation. The campaign and its foundational research have been developed through a grant
provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
"We want to help patients fully understand how to maximize the benefits and minimize risks from
medications," said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and
Research. "This NCPIE project aims to provide healthcare providers and patients with educational
materials and information that can spark more conversations during office visits and with the
"As pharmacists, we are trained to constantly ask ourselves how we can be sure that patients
understand instructions provided with medicines," stated Elizabeth Keyes, RPh., Chief Operating
Officer, American Pharmacists Association and Chair of the NCPIE Board of Directors. "This is
especially important for patients who have multiple chronic conditions, are likely taking multiple
prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines, and typically have more than one prescriber and
sometimes even more than one pharmacy. This means that patients and caregivers have to keep track
of and manage a great deal of information about different medicines from different sources. All of
these factors can lead to a lack of patients' full understanding of their prescriptions' benefits,
potential risks, and instructions to promote safe and appropriate medicine use. This new research
underscores the need to focus on communications around prescription medications."
The research was conducted by the Evidence Generation, Value and Access Center of Excellence within
Ipsos Healthcare, a global independent research company, with input from the FDA and the Center for
Drug Safety and Effectiveness (CDSE), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Approximately 2,000 consumers and 800 healthcare professionals across the U.S. were reached via
surveys, representing individuals and their caregivers, pharmacists in community-based retail
settings, and prescribers, including primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician
"This is an important undertaking given the critical role that consumer education and empowerment
can play in improving safe medication use," said G. Caleb Alexander, MD, MS, Associate Professor of
Epidemiology and Medicine and a co-Director of the Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness, Johns
Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (CDSE).
As part of the Talk Before You Take campaign, NCPIE has convened a multi-stakeholder project advisory
team to provide expert guidance for communicating essential medication safety and risk information.
In addition, NCPIE is partnering with key stakeholder organizations to promote the campaign and
disseminate educational materials designed for healthcare providers and patients. The campaign's website,
TalkBeforeYouTake.org, will serve as a resource and include free educational materials for download.
The campaign seeks to reinforce four important tips for patients and caregivers to guide conversations
with healthcare providers:
1. Talk to your healthcare provider and ask questions about the benefits and potential risks of
prescription medicines you take.
2. Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you are taking—including
over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and dietary supplements.
3. Tell your healthcare provider about any allergies or sensitivities that you may have.
4. Read and follow the medicine label and directions.
The National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) announces a new online
guide, Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention: Resources for Community Action,
designed to help communities prevent prescription drug abuse.
The guide organizes resources into four categories: prescription drug abuse awareness, prevention,
treatment, and recovery, and provides links to information appropriate for individuals, health care
professionals, and communities in need. A directory to leading advocacy/nonprofit organizations and
federal agencies with current science-based resources on drug abuse and addiction also are included
in the online guide.
With mounting evidence that poor medicine adherence will increase dramatically with the projected
rise in age-related chronic illnesses, the National Council on Patient Information and Education
(NCPIE) – a non-profit coalition of diverse organizations working to improve communication on the
safe and appropriate use of medicines – today released a ten-step Adherence Action Agenda that
places the spotlight on the pervasive and costly problem of poor medicine adherence, particularly
among those age 65 and older with multiple chronic conditions, who are at the greatest risk of
medication errors, drug interactions and costly disease complications.
Issued as a nationwide call to action, the report- Accelerating Progress in Prescription Medicine Adherence: The Adherence Action
Agenda finds that poor medicine adherence among patients with chronic and comorbid
conditions is resulting in unnecessary disease progression and disease complications and the
increased use of expensive components of health care, such as emergency room visits,
hospitalizations, avoidable hospital re-admissions and post-acute care.
Coming six years after NCPIE issued the landmark report – Enhancing Prescription Medicine
Adherence: A National Action Plan – which defined poor medicine adherence as the nation’s
“other drug problem,” the new action plan was developed in collaboration with nearly two dozen
professional societies, voluntary health organizations, consumer and aging organizations,
government agencies and industry leaders and based on evidence that multiple medicine use is
commonplace among older Americans, especially those with multiple chronic conditions: 42% of adults
aged 65 and older took five or more prescription drugs in 2012 with the average number of drugs
prescribed increasing from five at age 65 to seven at age 85.
Intended to accelerate progress in appropriate medicine taking, the new Adherence Action Plan
advocates for an increased focus on the overlooked challenge of multiple chronic conditions, where
the need for patient adherence is most acute, and lays out these ten policy and programmatic
solutions to improve medication adherence.
The Problem: Multiple Chronic Conditions:
Medicine Adherence: The Nation’s “Other Drug Problem”
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.
The National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) today announced the winners of
the Pass It Forward Video Challenge – First Place for The Rx Trap video goes to Mr. Andrew
Gonzales, PharmD Candidate 2014 from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Second Place for
the Serendipity Video goes to Ms. Rachel Lynne Smith, a rising senior and a Film Studies Major from
Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.
The Pass It Forward Video Challenge was produced by NCPIE pursuant to Task Order HHSP233201200527P,
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration(SAMHSA).
See both videos on our NCPIE’s YouTube Channel.
For details about the Pass It Forward Video Challenge, Click here
The National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) is proud to announce the launch
of the Pass It Forward Video Challenge – a video competition for young people aged 18-25 to
stimulate awareness and creative planning for use of SAMHSA-developed/supported resources
addressing prescription drug abuse prevention and recovery-oriented systems of care, services and
resources for young people.
October 31, 2012, Rockville, MD – Recovery from mental and/or substance use disorders is powerful
and life-changing at any age. For young people who are on the verge of, or who have just entered
adulthood, specific elements must be in place in order for recovery to be successful. Recovery
Opens Doors, an interactive online resource also available as a mobile application, is designed to
help young people in recovery talk to their friends, other students, individuals, and groups in the
community about prevention, treatment, referral for mental and/or substance use disorders and recovery
This October marks the 30th anniversary of the National Council on Patient Information and
Education (NCPIE) and its 27th annual observance of “Talk About Prescriptions Month” (TAP Month).
This year’s TAP Month theme is "Voices Together,” which signifies the impact that many groups,
working together, can have on promoting safe and appropriate medicine use through better medicine
communication. Voices Together perfectly describes the patient-centered Medicine Education Team -
espoused by NCPIE to reflect the critical importance of high-quality patient-healthcare provider
communication whenever medications are part of the treatment regimen.