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NCPA Encourages Pharmacists to Promote Medication Expertise from Dispensing to Disposal
Date:10/6/2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With October as American Pharmacists Month, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) encourages community pharmacists to demonstrate their role as a respected and knowledgeable resource on all aspects of medications, from dispensing to disposal.

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To assist pharmacists in conveying that message, NCPA is offering new discounts, product displays, and communications and marketing materials and event ideas as part of its successful prescription disposal program for consumers, www.DisposeMyMeds.org.

"During American Pharmacists Month community pharmacies that voluntarily offer drug disposal services for their patients have an opportunity to build their businesses while building better relationships with patients as they discuss their medication needs," said Joseph H. Harmison, PD, NCPA president and pharmacy owner in Arlington, TX.  "Pharmacists place a premium on monitoring what prescription drugs are taken, how they interact with other drugs, how effective they are, and what side-effects they might cause as a way to ensure patients are getting the maximum results," said Harmison. "The Dispose My Meds program is another avenue to allow pharmacists to apply their clinical patient care knowledge and to promote proper adherence to the patient's prescription medication regimen."

As medication experts, pharmacists can help patients get the most benefit from their medicine. When patients stop in to dispose of their unused medications they can speak with their pharmacist about why they discontinued their medication. A survey released by NCPA found that an
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