Steve Leuck, PharmD shares his expertise on patient counseling in a Pharmacy Times article: Patient Medication Counseling Tool for Pharmacists
Per Dr. Leuck: I have developed a simple acronym that helps keep me focused while providing a patient medication counseling session. We all need
some sort of tool to help us remember to cover all of the important medication counseling aspects of the specific drug. The acronym I use is DRUG,
and it goes as follows:
Dosage: I discuss the dose of the medication, how it should be taken, any specific dosage timing issues, and what
to do if the patient misses a dose.
Results: What should the patient expect while taking this medication? How is the drug working in the body, and
how can the patient tell if the medication is working? It is also important for the patient to understand the consequences of nonadherence.
Underlying Issues: I present potential issues that the patient needs to be aware of when taking the medication, including:
* Does this medication have any Black Box Warnings?
* Is the patient allergic to this medication?
* Is the patient taking any other medications that may interact with this medication?
* Does this medication have any specific alcohol, grapefruit, or sun sensitivity warnings?
* Does this medication have an effect on any other disease states that the patient may have?
* Are there any special precautions with the elderly, young, pregnant, or breast feeding patients?
* Are there any other medication specific cautions or precautions that should be discussed?
General information: Assess the patient's understanding of the above information. Discuss how to properly store the medication,
what to do about refills, how to dispose of unused meds, and assure that the patient knows who to call for questions.
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