|3R's for Safe Medicine Use Highlights Risk Communication
NCPIE Coalition works to improve dialogue / promote safe medicine use.
Bethesda, MD: Americans spend over $220 billion a year to purchase over 3 billion
prescriptions. An additional $177 billion is spent to address problems triggered by those
same medications. To help combat the consequences of medication misuse, the National
Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE), today launched the 3R's for
Safe Medicine Use program.
"Too many times, people misuse medications, either by not following proper use instructions,
or not taking them as directed by their physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant",
said Phillip Schneider, NCPIE Chairman. "This misuse often leads to other health problems.
That's why NCPIE is launching the 3R's for Safe Medicine Use program."
A recent increase in media coverage about medication risks and safety may have caused
confusion in the minds of some consumers. NCPIE's 3R's for Safe Medicine Use program
encourages consumers to talk to their healthcare providers about the benefits and risks
of medicine prescribed for them. "Consumers will be better equipped to make key decisions
regarding their health problems and medicines once they have evaluated important information
and discussed the key points with their health care professionals," noted Ray Bullman,
NCPIE Executive Vice President.
NCPIE's 3R's for safe Medicine Use program focuses on the following key safe
medicine use messages:Risk - recognize that all medicines (prescription and nonprescription) have risks as
well as benefits; weigh these risks and benefits carefully for every medicine you take.
Respect - respect the power of your medicine and the value of medicines properly used.
Responsibility - take responsibility for learning about how to take each medication safely.
Underlying the 3Rs is this important rule ---when in doubt, ask first. Your
healthcare professional can help you get the facts you need to use medicines correctly
Launch of the 3R's for Safe Medicine Use program kicks off NCPIE's 20th national
"Talk About Prescriptions" Month. Educational materials to support participation in the
annual observance are posted on NCPIE's web site
www.talkaboutrx.org . Medicine users are also encouraged to make the most of the
written consumer medicine information (CMI) leaflet that accompanies each prescription
medicine. NCPIE's advice - "Read it, & Heed It."
Organized in 1982, The National Council on Patient Information (NCPIE) is a non-profit
coalition of over 125 organizations committed to stimulating and improving communication
between consumers and health care professionals about the safe and appropriate use of
medicines. In addition to sponsoring "Talk About Prescriptions" Month
(www.talkaboutrx.org), NCPIE hosts
the "Be MedWise" campaign promoting wise use of over-the-counter medicines