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AMA Introduces New Medication Safety Checklist for Patients

Urges patients to give their medicine cabinets a check-up as National Patient Safety Awareness Week kicks off

For immediate release:
March 7, 2011

Chicago – To help mark National Patient Safety Awareness Week the American Medical Association (AMA) is focusing on medication safety by offering a Medication Safety Checklist and urging patients to give their medicine cabinets a check-up during the annual “Know What’s In Your Medicine Cabinet” initiative.

“National Patient Safety Awareness Week provides an excellent opportunity for patients to clean out their medicine cabinets annually,” said AMA board member Edward Langston, M.D. “The AMA encourages patients to not only dispose of their expired or unused medications, but to also keep medications out of reach of children.”

The AMA’s new online resource, the Medication Safety Checklist, provides patients with helpful tips to keep track of prescription medications, vitamins, home remedies and alternative therapies and encourages patients to provide that information to their physician, promoting conversation about medications. “The Medication Safety Checklist fosters a partnership between patients and their physicians focused on eliminating medication errors,” said Dr. Langston. “By talking to their physicians about all medications and supplements, whether or not they are prescribed, patients take an active role in health care safety.”

The Medication Safety Checklist is available on the AMA website, along with additional patient safety resources on health literacy and medication reconciliation.

National Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 6-12) is an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety led by the National Patient Safety Foundation. More information about this year's theme for the week can be found here: http://www.npsf.org/hp/psaw/

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Contact:
Shannon O’Brien
AMA Media Relations
(312) 464-4443
shannonobrien@ama-assn.org

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