September 11, 2012
A growing issue among the elderly is the fact, that, as medications pile up due to age-related illnesses, it can be difficult to remember and keep up with all those prescriptions. Doctors may not be aware of prescriptions prescribed for a particular patient by other healthcare providers. One solution could be right under our noses—the underutilized resource of a local or neighborhood pharmacist.
The pharmacist can take the time to compare medications across providers and review the list of what your parent is taking. According to licensed pharmacist Susan Gordon of Tampa, Florida, “The pharmacist can be the patient’s advocate with the MD.” To read more about how to best use your local pharmacist to track an aging parent’s medication, read the following article from Forbes.com.