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Community pharmacies support National Check Your Meds Day

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HHS and the advocacy group Consumer Reports have designated October 21 as National Check Your Meds Day, and community pharmacies such as CVS Health will be participating in the initiative.

HHS and the advocacy group Consumer Reports have designated October 21 as National Check Your Meds Day, and community pharmacies such as CVS Health will be participating in the initiative. The idea is for consumers, at least once a year, to take all of their medications to a pharmacist or physician for a "brown bag" review to check for potential harmful drug interactions and possibly eliminate unnecessary drugs. Independent pharmacies also are supporting the initiative, and some pharmacies may have extra staff on hand for October 21, according to Consumer Reports, which also is teaming up with the National Community Pharmacists Association for the event. "Much medication use is life-saving, without a doubt. But some drugs can potentially do more harm than good," says Lisa Gill, deputy editor of Consumer Reports. "Our concern is that inappropriate prescribing can lead to unnecessary risk, including trips to the emergency room. By launching National Check Your Meds Day, we hope to encourage consumers to talk with their health care providers about the medications and supplements they take, so they can ultimately lower their risk." More medications calls for more caution, says Michael Hochman, MD, of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. "The risk of adverse events increases exponentially after someone is on four or more medications," notes Hochman.

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