Fall cleanup in your medicine cabinet

by Julia Gannon Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Pharmacy

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Have you ever wondered where to turn to with questions about your medications? The answer is your pharmacy team.

The Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Department of Pharmacy is celebrating American Pharmacist Month in October by promoting the pharmacy profession, highlighting tools to maximize medication use and empowering you to educate before you medicate.

Your pharmacist, pharmacy technician and primary care providers are a powerful team, working to ensure the best selection and safest management of your medications. Pharmacists are the go-to people for all medication questions; they have the answers to your medication concerns. For each prescription dispensed, the pharmacy team checks that the information is complete, that the new medication will not interact with previous medications and that the medication and dosage are appropriate for your health condition. Informing your primary care team and pharmacy team of all nonprescription medication, herbal products, vitamins and supplements is the safest way to prevent possible medication interactions.

The LRMC Department of Pharmacy recommends keeping an accurate, complete list of all your medications to assist you and your primary care team by providing the safest environment for your healthcare visits. Having a list of all your medications helps your healthcare team take better care of you. Wallet cards are available at the pharmacy for your convenience.

During American Pharmacy Month, in keeping with the theme, “Know Your Medicine Know Your Pharmacy Team,” LRMC Pharmacy is asking you to take a moment to review the medications you take and to do a fall cleanup of your medicine cabinet.

You have the opportunity to safely dispose of any unwanted medications during National Pharmacy Week Oct. 16 to 22 at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Pharmacy. Just bring in any unwanted, unused or expired medication to the LRMC Pharmacy during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Additionally, a team will be at the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accept unwanted medications, counsel on medications and provide pharmacy information.

Now is a great time to review all your medications and remove any old, unwanted meds and bring them in for disposal. The pharmacy team is always there to assist you with great information and smiling faces ready to help in any way. Ultimately, you have the responsibility to manage your medications and your pharmacy team is there to help keep you safe and answer any questions.