02 Jul '11, 1pm

70% of patients above 50 not using medicine correctly, says survey

70% of patients above 50 not using medicine correctly, says survey

SINGAPORE: About seven in 10 patients aged 50 and above do not use medicine correctly, according to surveys conducted by the Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore. Together with the NUS Pharmaceutical Society and grassroots leaders, they organised an event to educate elderly and low-income residents and their caregivers in the North West District on appropriate medication use. About 50 undergraduates and 20 pharmacists provided free talks and consultations to needy elderly and low-income families. The top-three drug-related problems faced are - not following strictly to the medication as prescribed, not knowing the medication they need, and showing adverse effects towards the medication. The "Know Your Medicines. Get It Right!" talk and consultation will be roving to different areas in the North West District to reach out to 700 beneficiaries and caregivers over three years....

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews...

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