Safe Medication Information
NARMC Helps You Learn About Medications
Consumers interested in finding accurate, up-to-date information about their medications are increasingly turning to the Internet to do their research, according to a recent survey by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).
Three out of four (76 percent) respondents said that they have used the Internet to look for health information, including disease-specific information (52 percent) and facts about prescription medications (48 percent). When searching for information about their prescriptions, 86 percent of Internet users wanted to know about a drug's side effects, while 81 percent were looking for general information about their medications and 78 percent searched for facts on drug interactions.
Although Internet users have easy access to health information, what they find on the Web is not always current or accurate. To give our patients and their families a reliable source of medication information, North Arkansas Regional Medical Center has placed a link on our Web site to www.safemedication.com. This new site, sponsored by ASHP, features MedMasterTM, a database with in-depth descriptions of more than 700 prescription and non-prescription drugs, including why specific medications are prescribed, how they should be used, dangerous interactions, and potential side effects. Visitors to Safemedication.com can also find current health care news, tips on preventing medication errors, and guidelines for disease prevention and treatment.
"With rising public concern about the prevalence of medical errors, patients need trusted resources to turn to with their medication questions," said ASHP President Mick L. Hunt, Jr., M.S., FASHP. "Safemedication.com is backed by ASHP's extensive library of drug information resources so that consumers will receive the most current information on how to use their medications safely."