<i>Healthy People 2010</i> Includes Medicine Communication Objectives

New public health objectives for the nation include increasing the number of health care professionals who review with patients aged 65 and over all new prescribed and non-prescription medicines; promoting receipt of “useful” written medicine information; and promoting oral counseling on appropriate medicine use, and possible risks, by all health care professionals. These objectives are part of Healthy People 2010, a broad public health initiative spearheaded by Surgeon General David Satcher. NCPIE has been an active participant in all development phases of HP 2010 (and its predecessor, HP 2000), including a staff presentation at the kick-off conference in Washington, DC on 25 January.