It is a good time of year to check in with your primary care doctor or physician for what’s known as a “brown-bag review”. Whether you make your appointment in-person or virtually, the goal of this review is to look at all of your current medications and their dosages. To ensure you do this effectively, gather all of your current medications, and bring them with you to your appointment.
Why is this important? Well, believe it or not, the medication list in your electronic health record could actually be incorrect. According to doctors, there may be a time where one of your medicines may get changed via a phone call over the weekend, but it doesn’t end up on your medical record. This critical review will allow for a check between the label on the medicine bottle and the medicine list that both your primary care physician and pharmacist have.
A medication review can also reveal whether you’re taking more meds than you need. (Levine, 2020) More than one-third of older adults take at least five prescription medications, but some may be inappropriate or unnecessary. (Levine, 2020) One 2017 study published in the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy found that a pharmacist-led review program for older adults was associated with a significant reduction in the use of high-risk medications, such as muscle relaxants and meds that worsened preexisting health conditions. (Levine, 2020)
Reference: Levine, H. (2020, July). Your COVID-19 Health Toolkit. Retrieved August 15, 2020, from https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/covid-19-health-toolkit/?fbclid=IwAR2aOfbNkhvaT7nyD9UEbht0wd5z91dui5HvuhnRUdMq59DG8w1NfbCMawM