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AARP PHARMACY OFFERS CONSUMERS PRESCRIPTION DRUG HANDBOOK

 AARP PHARMACY OFFERS CONSUMERS PRESCRIPTION DRUG HANDBOOK
 WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Pharmacy Service has published a consumers' "Prescription Drug Handbook." The handbook, now in its second edition, is an easy-to-read guide to drugs frequently prescribed for older persons.
 The "Prescription Drug Handbook" contains nearly 1,000 entries on brand-name and generic drugs, over-the-counter medications and vitamins. It includes information about how a drug works, proper dosage and administration, possible side effects or adverse reactions, cautions against stopping drug therapy, special precautions and restrictions for persons 50 and older as well as questions to ask one's doctor and pharmacist.
 The book is organized by specific medical conditions, with explanations of each ailment and common drug treatments. A 35-page full-color chart allows easy identification of hundreds of drugs by color, shape and size.
 A 24-member Editorial Advisory Board consisting of medical and pharmacology experts, many of whom are specialists in geriatric medicine, contributed to and reviewed the handbook.
 While the AARP Pharmacy Service "Prescription Drug Handbook" retails in book stores for $17.95, it is available for $12.95 (plus $1 for postage and handling) through the AARP Pharmacy Service and can be ordered by calling 800-456-2277.
 AARP is the nation's leading organization for people 50 and older. It serves their needs and interests through legislative advocacy, research, informative programs and community services provided by a network of local chapters and experienced volunteers throughout the country. The organization also offers members a wide range of special benefits, including Modern Maturity and the monthly Bulletin.
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 /NOTE: Nancy J. Olins, senior editor of the handbook, and director of program development with the AARP Pharmacy Service, is available for interviews./
 /CONTACT: Liz Ayers, 202-434-2593, or Nancy Olins, 703-684-0244, both of AARP/ CO: American Association of Retired Persons ST: District of Columbia IN: HEA SU:


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