Welcome to the 15th national observance of “Talk About Prescriptions” Month, sponsored by the National Council on Patient Information and Education. This year's theme is: “Educate Before You Medicate: Knowledge is the Best Medicine.” We developed this theme specifically to help you bring home the “Talk About Prescriptions” message—whether you are a consumer, health care professional, educator, policy-maker, or a business conveying medicine information.
As you know, there has been an increasing focus on system-wide reduction of medication-related errors. (This was spurred in part by the Nov. 1999 Institute of Medicine report, To Err is Human). Whether your practice site is within a health care system or ambulatory care setting; whether, as a patient, you are obtaining care at your doctor's office, from your community pharmacist, or are searching on-line for health and medicine information, improving our communication about the medicines we prescribe, dispense and use is one solution we can each implement.
“Educate Before You Medicate: Knowledge is the Best Medicine.” We each have an important role to play on what NCPIE terms the “medicine education team.” This October during “Talk About Prescriptions” Month, and indeed, every day, I invite you to make the most of the ideas, articles and resources on our website.
W. Ray Bullman, M.A.M.
Executive Vice President