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Chain drug stores use quiz to foster better prescription drug knowledge

ALEXANDRIA, VA., Oct. 16, 2002 -- Are you taking your prescription drugs correctly? 50% of Americans don't. Do you know the names of your medications or even take the time to ask your pharmacist questions?

Anyone can give themselves an Rx IQ checkup by taking the Pharmacy Care quiz created by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Logging on to gives access to a short quiz, instant score,t tips on how getting to know the neighborhood pharmacist can help people stay healthy.

"With a pharmacy within 5 miles of nearly every American, there is no excuse for any of us not to have a relationship with our local pharmacist," said Suzy Cohen, nationally syndicated pharmacist and spokesperson for the Get RxHealthy Campaign. "Don't be afraid to ask your pharmacists questions you have about your medicine. Remember pharmacists are the medication experts, and there is no extra charge for asking questions. So start making your pharmacist your best friend today."

The Pharmacy Care Quiz measures individuals' attitudes and behavior toward prescription drug use. Wirthlin Worldwide, an international research firm, conducted the research, surveying people of different age, race and gender.

The results were surprising. Out of a possible 100, the average score was only 57.7, which means most people could do a better job of taking their medicine.

In a 2002 study conducted by the Annals of Emergency Medicine, only 15% of seniors surveyed knew the names of their prescription drugs, the proper dosages, or how often they should take their medication. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2002 Health Report, Americans spent $1.3 trillion on healthcare in 2000 and about one tenth of that was spent on prescription drugs.
Community pharmacy recognizes October as Talk About Prescriptions Month, aimed at educating the public about the invaluable role pharmacists play in their healthcare. By encouraging consumers to partner more with their pharmacists, not only will patients get the most from their medicine and stay healthy but overall healthcare costs will be reduced.

Consumers can also access the quiz through the websites of participating drugstores: Albertson's, CVS Corporation, Duane Reade, Eckerd, Familymeds Pharmacy, Giant Food, Hi-School Pharmacy, Kinney Drugs, Kerr Drug, Lewis Drug, Rite Aid, Wakefern Food Corp./ShopRite, and Walgreen's.

Source: National Association of Chain Drug Stores
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Posted: October 2002