Medco Health and the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging Launch 'Ask the Pharmacist'.Business Editors
COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 10, 2003
A Public Service Program for Senior and Community Groups; Program
Offers Tips on Safe Use of Medications
Medco Health Solutions Medco Health Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MHS) is a leading pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) company based in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. The current chairman is David Snow. The company formed in August 2003 as a spinoff from Merck & Co.. , Inc., the nation's leading provider of prescription health care services, today launched a new community service program--"Ask the Pharmacist pharmacist /phar·ma·cist/ (fahr´mah-sist) one who is licensed to prepare and sell or dispense drugs and compounds, and to make up prescriptions.
n. "--to guide senior and community organizations on the safe use of their medications.
The program is being offered here in partnership with the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA COAAA Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (Columbus, OH) ).
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The first forum will be held for the residents of the JC Village in their Community Center at 5905 Beechcroft Road, in Columbus on Tuesday, March 11 at 11 a.m.
"This program addresses an essential need in our community to help people become better informed about the medications they are taking and how to become more active participants in addressing their health care needs," said Marilyn Wollett, Medco Health's director of Pharmacy Practice Pharmacy practice is the discipline of pharmacy which involves developing the professional roles of pharmacists.
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The informational sessions will address the following topics:
-- Why it is important to track all prescribed medications, over the counter and herbal medicines being taken -- How to become more informed about medications -- The importance of following dosage instructions -- What to do about side effects from medications -- How to watch for drug to drug interactions -- How to store medicines properly
In addition, people can bring in the medications, vitamins and supplements they take to have a Medco Health pharmacist review them for possible interaction or drug duplication issues.
"This program with Medco Health provides a valuable service to seniors in our community and helps us meet our mandate to educate seniors on the appropriate use of medications," said Lisa Durham, the COAAA's director of Community Education and Outreach.
After each "Ask the Pharmacist" program, Medco Health will donate a copy of its Medication Guidebook for Healthy Aging(TM) to the senior citizens or community center. This comprehensive large-print reference guide is designed to educate older adults, and those who care for them, about various aspects of prevalent health conditions and treatments they may face as they age. The Guidebook offers a revealing look at more than 20 of the most common medical conditions See carpal tunnel syndrome, computer vision syndrome, dry eyes and deep vein thrombosis. facing older adults, the myriad prescription and over-the-counter medications most often used to treat those conditions, and detailed information on how these medications may act differently in older adults as a result of changes in the aging body, such as changes in metabolism.
The COAAA, operated by the City of Columbus The passenger steamer City of Columbus ran aground on Devil’s Ridge off of Gay Head Cliffs in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts in January 1884. She was owned by Boston & Savannah Steamship Co. and was built in 1878. She was an early iron steamer with a tonnage of 2,200. Recreation & Parks Department, provides a range of services to seniors in an eight-county area. Medco Health is one of the largest employers in the Columbus area, with more than 3,000 health care providers at its Columbus and Dublin pharmacy centers.
Organizations interested in learning more about the program can contact Jane Acri of the COAAA at 614-645-7250 or Marilyn Wollett of Medco Health at 614-822-2202.
About Medco Health
Medco Health Solutions, Inc., is the nation's leading provider of prescription healthcare services, based on the $33 billion in drug spend the company managed for its clients in 2002. Formerly known as Merck-Medco, Medco Health is a wholly owned and independently managed subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE NYSE
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The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (http://coaaa.org) is one of 12 designated Area Agencies on Aging in Ohio. Serving older Central Ohioans for over 25 years, the Years, The
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2. support. Services are supported by federal, state and local funds. The COAAA is operated by the City of Columbus, Recreation and Parks Department.