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Video: CVS/pharmacy and National Council on Aging Kick Off Medication Management Program for Seniors
Date:2/26/2009

2009 Pack Your Bag(TM) Program Brings Educational Outreach to Senior Centers Nationwide

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Eight out of ten older Americans have at least one chronic health problem, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. With many of these older adults taking multiple medications, some could be at risk for drug interactions when certain medications are combined.

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To address this important issue, CVS/pharmacy and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) have launched a Pack Your Bag(TM) community outreach program as part of their ongoing partnership designed to improve the lives of older Americans. The program, administered at participating senior centers across the country, encourages seniors to pack a bag with prescription and over the counter medications and dietary supplements including vitamins for a comprehensive review in one-on-one consultations with a local CVS pharmacist. The program also includes a presentation by the pharmacist on improving health through medication compliance.

The 2009 program kicks off today with eight Pack Your Bag events taking place simultaneously at Horizon Bay Retirement Communities throughout Rhode Island.

"Many seniors have problems with managing multiple medications, especially those with chronic conditions," said James Firman, President and CEO of NCOA. "We hope that many older Americans will take advantage of this important program this year."

In over 4,000 Pack Your Bag consultations since the program's inception in 2008, CVS pharmacists have found:

  • 7% of seniors were taking expired medications
  • 14% were not taking medications as prescribed
  • 10% were at risk for potential drug interactions
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