National Check Your Meds Day, observed each October 21 and sponsored by the National Community Pharmacists Association, prompts consumers to bring their prescriptions to their local pharmacists for review. Pharmacists can remove any prescriptions that have expired, update prescriptions as necessary, and answer consumer questions. If nothing else, it’s a rare chance for consumers to get free medical advice.
National Check Your Meds Day - History
Drug Czar created
The U.S. created the position of "Drug Czar" to better regulate the dispensing of prescription drugs.
Prescription vs OTC
The Durham Humphrey Bill was passed to define all drugs as either prescription drugs or over-the-counter drugs.
United States v. Doremus court case determines the government can regulate how doctors provide prescription drugs.
Take two and call me
Germany's Bayer introduced aspirin.
How to Observe National Check Your Meds Day
1. Participate in the day
Individuals who take prescription drugs should take advantage of the opportunity to spend some time with their local pharmacist and get their meds checked. Don't miss the opportunity to develop a closer relationship with your pharmacist and become better educated about the drugs you're taking.
2. Round up friends and family
Especially for those with elderly friends and family members who rely on prescription medications, encourage them to participate in National Check Your Meds Day and visit their local pharmacist. They will be reassured about their prescriptions (often a source of anxiety) and be more confident when taking their meds.
3. Promote participation
For pharmacists, do everything you can to participate in National Check Your Meds Day and to promote it through an event or other type of marketing effort. Put a banner up outside the pharmacy and set up a table in the parking lot to let patients know you're fully participating in the day.
3 Reasons To Always Take Your Meds
1. Keeps you healthier
Those who follow their meds regimen reduce risk of getting sick by 26 percent.
2. Keeps you alive
Those with similar conditions who consistently take their meds live longer than those who don't.
3. Healthy behavior
Those who strictly follow their regimen are also more likely to live healthier by eating better and exercising.
Why National Check Your Meds Day is Important
A. Safety first
National Check Your Meds Day ensures that consumers are safely taking the right doses and the right prescriptions. By participating, consumers can be reassured that their meds are in good hands and that they're doing the right things to maintain good health.
B. Questions answered
Consumers should be curious about their meds and be as educated as possible about the effects the meds are intended to have and what warning signs to look for. By participating in National Check Your Meds Day consumers and maintain a good relationship with their pharmacist and get answers to important questions.
C. Good outreach for pharmacists
By participating in National Check Your Meds Day, pharmacists send the message that they want to look out for the best interests of consumers and be proactive in helping to maintain consumer health. It offers the opportunity for pharmacists to be good community citizens.