Medication review helps seniors manage health

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Students from the WVU School of Pharmacy recently worked with the senior citizens of The Village of Heritage Point to educate residents about the proper use of their medications. Residents were asked to bring all their medications and speak with the student pharmacists one-on-one about their health needs.

“Our population is aging, and people are being treated for multiple conditions,” second-year pharmacy student Janelle Durany said. “By having this type of event, we can help people manage their health and get better results from their medications. As a pharmacy student, I like helping our community members live healthier lives.”

Students also stressed the importance of speaking with their pharmacists to learn about the types of health management services pharmacists provide.

 “Pharmacists are medication experts, but we can also counsel patients on how to manage their blood pressure, diabetes and other health conditions,” Durany said.

A 2008 study published in the “Journal of the American Medical Association” (JAMA) reported that a majority of older adults use at least five prescriptions, over-the-counter medications or dietary supplements.

photo caption: Helen Shamberger is counseled on her medications by (l-r) pharmacy resident Catherine Bourg and second-year WVU School of Pharmacy students Janelle Durany, Erin Price and Emily Kimble.

About the WVU School of Pharmacy
For almost 100 years, the WVU School of Pharmacy has been a leader in pharmacy education, research and patient care. It is one of only 12 pharmacy schools in the United States affiliated with a comprehensive academic health center. For information about the WVU School of Pharmacy see www.hsc.wvu.edu/sop/.





For more information:
Amy Newton, School of Pharmacy, 304-293-7192
ah/an: 2-26-10

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