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Last Updated
April 19, 2017
"Talk About Prescriptions" Planning Kit for October 2003
Welcome to the National Council on Patient Information and Education’s (NCPIE) 18th annual observance of “Talk About Prescriptions” Month. This on-line Planning Kit will expand throughout October.

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Welcome Message for Consumers and Patients
Press Release (Oct. 9, 2003)
Useful Links

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Educate Before You Medicate:
          A Prescription for Patient Safety
With this theme, NCPIE emphasizes our roots as one of the country’s original patient safety coalitions dedicated to improving communication about the safe, appropriate use of medicines. Are you a health care professional who issues or fills prescriptions? Remember to Educate Before You Medicate! Are you a patient or caregiver who has just received a new prescription? Write your own Prescription for Patient Safety by asking questions of your physicians, pharmacists, and other health professionals – have them help you Educate Before You Medicate.

Welcome Consumers and Patients!
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A quick and simple way to write your own Prescription for Patient Safety is to take a short Pharmacy Care Quiz developed by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, a founding and current member of NCPIE’s Board. Click here to take the NACDS “Rx Healthy” quiz.

Useful Links to Educate Before You Medicate

Educational Resources
Ten Tips to “Be MedWise"
Ten Tips for Parents
Be MedWise Tool Kit
The U.S. Surgeon General’s Educational “Prescription” for Wise Use of OTC Medicines
U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, signs the Be MedWise “prescription” in Sept. 2003
Questions to Ask at the Doctor's Office and Pharmacy

NOTE: The following links are not sponsored by NCPIE.

For prescription drug assistance programs, visit:

For statistics (2003) on prescription drug utilization and expenditures, see:

Previous "TAP" Observances

October 2002
October 2001
October 2000

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