Free Medication Information Only Phone Call Away

David Von Behren
Oct. 18, 2000

The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and the Arizona Society of Health-System Pharmacists are offering free medication information advice to Arizonans as part of National Pharmacy Week, Oct. 23-25.

Callers with questions about any prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, drug interactions, side effects and more can receive free information during the Medication Information Phone Line, Oct. 23-25, from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Tucson-area residents can call the phone line at 325-1055. Outside Tucson, the toll-free number is 1-800-825-2747. Medication information will be available in English and Spanish. The calls are not traced or recorded.

The number of retail prescriptions dispensed each year increased from 2 billion in 1992 to nearly 3 billion in 1999. This represents a 50 percent increase in just seven years. In the past ten years, 34 medications have switched from prescription to nonprescription or over-the-counter (OTC) status. OTC pain relievers are particularly big business_Americans consume more than 50 billion tablets every year.

"With so many medication options, people may not be aware that advice from a pharmacist can make a critical difference in their health," said Michael Katz, clinical associate professor at the UA College of Pharmacy. "Our goals are quite simple - we want people to read the label, follow the directions, and talk to their pharmacist if they have any questions."




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