Auburn pharmacy students to educate community on importance of taking medications as directed

AUBURN – Starting next week, student pharmacists from Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy will hold a series of community outreach activities locally and in Mobile to raise awareness about the health consequences of poor medication adherence, or not taking medication as directed. All events are free and open to the public.

Auburn University student pharmacists in Mobile and on the main campus are joining with students across the country in conducting activities throughout October, as part of a national effort to educate consumers on the importance of medication adherence.

The students are supported by the “Script Your Future” campaign, a national coalition of more than 100 public and private stakeholder organizations, led by the National Consumers League.

According to “Script Your Future,” more than one-third of medicine-related hospitalizations and almost 125,000 deaths in the United States each year are caused by people not taking their medicine as directed.

Locations for community health fairs in the Auburn area:
Thursday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Our Home Pharmacy, 2320 Moores Mill Road, Suite 100, in Auburn. For patient education and health screening.
Saturday, Oct. 22, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Loachapoka Syrup Sop, off Highway 14 in Loachapoka. For patient education and health screening.
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 1 to 4 p.m., Ralph B. Draughon Library, Auburn University campus, second floor conference room. For patient education.

Community presentations are scheduled for:
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 5 p.m., Providence Baptist Church, 2807 Lee Road 166, in Opelika.
Friday, Oct. 14, 8:30 to 9 a.m., Auburn United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 302 E. Magnolia Ave., in Auburn.
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2:30 p.m., Ease House Apartments, 1300 Commerce Drive, in Auburn.
Friday, Oct. 28, 8:30 to 9 a.m., Auburn United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 302 E. Magnolia Ave., in Auburn.

“There are many reasons why people don’t take their medicine as directed, but the consequences for patients are the same. It puts them at risk for serious complications, especially for those with chronic health conditions, such as diabetes or asthma,” said Lee Evans, dean of Auburn’s Harrison School of Pharmacy.

“Throughout October, our student pharmacists will be working with patients in the Auburn and Mobile communities to improve patients’ understanding of their medications and the importance of optimizing their use.”

The “Script Your Future” campaign is designed to help patients and healthcare professionals better communicate about ways to improve medication adherence. The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation are both partners of the campaign.

(Written by Amy Weaver.)