Consumer Drug Information Shows Areas of Concern

Study examines medication information accompanying prescriptions of lisinopril, metformin
By Eric Metcalf
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Consumer medication information (CMI) accompanying prescription drugs dispensed at retail pharmacies is often subject to concerns about format, comprehensibility, and excessive length, according to research published in the Aug. 9/23 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Almut G. Winterstein, Ph.D., of the University of Florida in Gainesville, and colleagues analyzed data from a national sample of 365 pharmacies where professional shoppers filled prescriptions for lisinopril and 364 pharmacies where they filled prescriptions for metformin. CMI was evaluated using a number of criteria adapted from U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines on components of consumer medication information.

The researchers found that 94 percent of pharmacies provided written CMI for these medications. Lisinopril and metformin prescriptions met 60.2 and 57.7 percent of the criteria for useful CMI, respectively. Areas of particular concern were directions for use and monitoring and comprehensibility/legibility. The CMI materials ranged in length from 33 to 2,482 words, and those that met more than 80 percent of the content criteria had more than 1,000-word differences in length.

"In conclusion, although CMI distribution through pharmacies seems to be effective, the content, format, reading level, and excessive length are disconcerting. Private sector initiatives to ensure the provision of useful CMI to patients have failed to meet the standards for useful, readable information. Further research needs to address the quantity, presentation, and format of CMI that will result in adequate patient comprehension and, ultimately, appropriate actions to improve patient safety," the authors conclude.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Copyright © 2010 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Powered by

jQuery UI Accordion - Default functionality

For life-long learning and continuing professional development, come to Lippincott's NursingCenter.

Nursing Jobs Plus
Featured Jobs
Recommended CE Articles Recommended Nursing Articles

Abdominal Pain: An Approach to a Challenging Diagnosis
AACN Advanced Critical Care, July/September 2014
Free access will expire on October 13, 2014.


HIPAA Compliance Practice Tips
Professional Case Management, July/August 2014
Free access will expire on September 29, 2014.


Follow the leader: How does “followership” influence nurse burnout?
Nursing Management, August 2014
Free access will expire on September 29, 2014.


More Recommended Articles

Subscribe to Recommended Articles

Evidence Based Practice Skin Care Network NursingCenter Quick Links What’s Trending Events