2007: Talk About Prescriptions—It’s A MUST

Welcome to the National Council on Patient Information and Education's 22nd annual observance of “Talk About Prescriptions” Month (TAP Month). These on-line and downloadable planning materials enable site visitors to plan, organize, and conduct TAP activities in your local community year-round.

2007 “Talk About Prescriptions” Month Theme

This year's theme is “Talk About Prescriptions — It’s A MUST!” Our purpose is four-fold with this year's observance:

  1. To introduce a number of new NCPIE educational resources to support our members' and other stakeholders' activities.
  2. To call attention to the health and economic impact of medication misuse / nonadherence and the benefits of intervening to improve the dialogue about medicine use and safety.
  3. To encourage every affected person or group -- including consumers, healthcare professionals, pharmaceutical manufacturers, voluntary health agencies, and local, state and national government agencies to get involved in promoting safe and appropriate medicine use.
  4. To suggest ways that consumers -- especially older adults and their caregivers -- their healthcare providers, and public, private, and voluntary organizations can get involved to improve medicine use and by doing so, improve medicine adherence and better health outcomes.

Here's What's New for TAP Month 2007

Enhancing Prescription Medicine Adherence: A National Action Plan
With the recent release of its new, comprehensive report, NCPIE has laid the groundwork for action. The report provides a comprehensive review of the extent and nature of poor medicine adherence, its health and economic costs, and its underlying factors. It includes an examination of the current state of research funding and educational initiatives around patient adherence to determine where major gaps still exist, and includes nearly a dozen action steps / recommendations that can significantly impact / improve medication adherence. As such, the report serves as a blueprint for action by all stakeholders.

Medication Use Safety Training for Seniors (MUST for Seniors)

TAP Month 2007 also marks the launch by NCPIE of its latest educational outreach program, the Medication Use Safety Training for Seniors program (MUST for Seniors).

NCPIE is pleased to recognize AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals for provision of a charitable contribution to make the MUST for Seniors program possible. This exciting new program makes available a wide range of information and educational resources to support the online or community-based presentation of the Medication Use Safety Training for Seniors (MUST for Seniors) program for older adults and their caregivers.

Here's What's Available from NCPIE - Must for Seniors

MUST for Seniors PowerPoint Slide Presentation - Use these slides and the accompanying Notes to talk to seniors in your home or community.

  1. Notes for PowerPoint (PDF)
  2. PowerPoint (PPT)
  3. PowerPoint with Voice-Over (WMV)
    (Total Run Time: 19 minutes)

MUST for Seniors Booklet - New downloadable resource. The booklet summarizes the information contained in the Power Point Slide Presentation for reference at home. Pre-printed copies of the 12-page booklet (color) are available for purchase from NCPIE. (Click here to order packs of 20)

MUST for Seniors Participant's Worksheet (Color/ Black & White) - New downloadable resource. Complete this two-page Worksheet before participating in MUST for Seniors to check your medicine information awareness, or fill it out as you watch the Power Point slide presentation and video stories or read the MUST for Seniors Booklet.

MUST for Seniors 10 Steps for Success (Color/ Black & White) - New downloadable resource. One-page handout with 10 important tips for safe medicine use. Keep this handy item on your refrigerator, medicine cabinet mirror, or any other place where it can serve as a reminder to help you use medicines correctly.

Must for Seniors Print Advertisements - Available in multiple sizes (1-column, ¼ page, ½ page) to newsletter and magazine space availability.

Must for Seniors Feature Article - Older Adults - - Who Are Especially Susceptible to Medicine Use Related Problems - - MUST Take Time Out to Talk About Their Medications - This article covers the "5-W's and H" about the MUST for Seniors program (who, what when, where, why, and how). The article can easily be adapted for local newspapers and newsletters.

Must for Seniors Feature Article - Helping Your Independent Older Parents Use Medicines Safely

Must for Seniors Program CD (Click here to order)
All inclusive program CD includes: MUST Program Booklet PDF, 4 Video Vignettes, PowerPoint Template; 10-Step Worksheet PDF, Participant Worksheet PDF, Article/Fact Sheet and Camera-ready ads.

"Make Notes & Take Notes" to Avoid Medication Errors (Color/ Black & White)

Ideas for Observing "TAP" Month

Ideas for Talking About Prescriptions - Get Involved in October & Beyond
October 2007

  • Plan, organize, promote, and conduct a Medication Use Safety Training (MUST for Seniors) program in your community. Everything you need can be found on the MUST for Seniors website www.mustforseniors.org.
  • Place information about your MUST for Seniors program in your organization's newsletters and magazines. The articles from NCPIE's 2007 "Talk About Prescriptions" Month planning materials can easily be adapted for local newspapers and newsletters.
  • Contact local radio stations. Ask them to include coverage of safe medicine use in their health and wellness programming. The MUST for Seniors program web site www.mustforseniors.org includes a handy fact sheet on medicine use issues and older adults for reference. Let the station know that you can provide on-air experts.
  • Contact local television health and science reporters. Ask them to air stories about the safe and effective use of prescription medicines. Use NCPIE's new report, Enhancing Prescription Medicine Adherence: A National Action Plan, for story ideas that spotlight the magnitude of the problem and steps that consumers and healthcare professionals can take to promote improved adherence and better health outcomes. Offer to provide on-air experts.
  • Take "Medicines in My Home," into the classroom and community meetings. Consumers of all ages can benefit from discussions about how to use medicines safely and effectively. In 2006, NCPIE partnered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to offer "Medicines in My Home," at www.fda.gov/medsinmyhome. The program has expanded to include materials for conducting a Medicines in My Home session for adults, in addition to middle-school-age children, the programs' initial target audience.

“Talk About Your Medicines” Month Archive