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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 10/14/98
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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College of Pharmacy Brings Experts to Fountain Square

In honor of National Pharmacy Week, the University of Cincinnati Medical Centerís College of Pharmacy is sponsoring a free public information program on October 21 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati. The public can bring all their medications to Fountain Square for a free pharmaceutical assessment. Licensed pharmacists, college faculty members, and students will review the medications to ensure that individuals understand the proper uses of their medications and to determine if any potential interaction problems exist. Educational information will also be available along with sessions on hypertension, smoking cessation, asthma, and diabetes management. These sessions will include tips on how these health concerns can be treated.

"By understanding the proper uses of medication, people can improve their health," says Barbara Harmon, BS, field services assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the College of Pharmacy. "We hope this event will encourage better communication between pharmacists and the public."

National Pharmacy Week is October 18-24. This yearís theme is "Communicate to Stay Healthy-Talk with your Pharmacist." According to the American Pharmaceutical Association, thousands of people every year end up in the hospital, fail to improve their health, or spend more money than needed because they do not take their medications properly.

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