Pharmacists to red flag risky drug interactions

Duval, Sylviane
November 2007
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;11/6/2007, Vol. 177 Issue 10, p1171
Academic Journal
The article reports that the immediate goal of MedChecks program in Ontario is patient awareness, where advocates call it as a potential lifesaver. Under the program, pharmacists will draw up a complete list of prescription, over-the-counter and natural medications that a patient is taking, and therein, identify any potential red flags. According to Canadian Pharmacists Association Director of Practice Development Barry Power, patients will feel secured because the list will reveal whether a patient is taking 2 drugs of the same class and pharmacist can refer them back to their general practitioner to eliminate the duplication.


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