Drug warnings often go unnoticed

Drug warnings often go unnoticed

Drugs are good when used for short term treatments but only when the patient is also educated on the diet and lifestyle choices that may have caused the condition in the first place.  The really sad news is that so many older people now take a handful of different drugs and there has been no long term testing on taking lots of different medications together.  Most do not even read the warning panels either.   

Always read the label – isn’t that what our parents taught us…?
Laura Bix, PhD, of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., and colleagues studied older and younger participants when tested on their ability to notice information on medication vials.  They found just 54% of the older group fixed their gaze on the prescription warning labels, compared with 91.8% of the younger participants. 
Study by Sundar RP, et al “Quantifying age-related differences in information processing behaviors when viewing prescription drug labels” as published in PLoS ONE 2012; 7(6): e38819; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0038819.  As reported by MedPage Today on June 16, 2012.

Full report here: http://www.medpagetoday.com/Geriatrics/GeneralGeriatrics/33313?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DailyHeadlines&utm_source=WC&eun=g372911d0r&userid=372911&email=jason@jasonshonbennett.com&mu_id=5366266

Posted: Tuesday 19 June 2012

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