USA Today is reporting on a new program known as “medication therapy management,” which helps seniors keep track of their prescriptions. The service is provided by a non-profit group called Senior PharmAssist, which helps seniors take their medications correctly and avoid harmful side effects.
The article provides the example of 82-year-old Irene Mooney, who has suffered four heart attacks. After developing bruises all over her body and complaining of severe fatigue, a pharmacist discovered that the cause was one of the medications prescribed to Mooney for her heart condition.
The pharmacist reviewed Mooney’s 13 prescriptions and contacted her doctor to have the dosage of one medication cut and have another replaced. Since then Mooney’s symptoms have subsided and she reports feeling much better.