Program Urges Patients to Follow "the 3R's"
Published Online: Tuesday, November 1, 2005 [ ]
The National Council on Patient
Information and Education (NCPIE)
kicked off its 20th national "Talk
About Prescriptions" Month with the
launch of the "3R's for Safe Medicine
Use" program. The program aims to
lower medication misuse by patients.
The 3R's for Safe Medication Use are as
- Riskpatients should recognize
that all prescription and OTC
medicines have risks as well as
benefits; they should weigh these
risks and benefits carefully for
every medicine being taken
- Respectpatients should appreciate
the power of their medicine
and the value of medicines when
- Responsibilitypatients should
assume the duty of learning about
how to take each medication safely
"Too many times, people misuse
medications, either by not following
proper use instructions or not taking
them as directed by their physician,
nurse practitioner, or physician assistant.
This misuse often leads to other
health problems," commented Phillip
Schneider, NCPIE chairman.
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