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Medication Education and Safety for Seniors (MISuSE)

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The Medication educatIon and Safety for SEniors program provides senior citizens with useful information on appropriate and safe use of prescription medications, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and herbal products. The goal of this program is to prevent medications from causing harm to seniors who are especially vulnerable to adverse effects.

Students from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (UB SPPS) visit organizations and facilities throughout Western New York and provide group and/or individual education to seniors about their medications utilizing the outreach programs below:

Medication Therapy Management Falls Risk Reduction (MTM FRR) Program

The Medication Therapy Management Falls Risk Reduction (MTM FRR) provides individualized evaluation of a senior’s medications provided by Doctor of Pharmacy students under the supervision of UB SPPS faculty. This focused review utilizes medication falls risk tools developed by UB SPPS faculty derived from medical literature investigating the links between medications and falls/fractures.

Evaluation takes approximately 30 minutes and seniors will receive a Personal Medication Record (PMR), a Medication Action Plan (MAP) and a Medication Falls Risk Report Card. The report card identifies drugs associated with falls and offers options to reduce that risk. If the Senior would like, we would communicate this information to their doctor.

What is medication therapy management?
Also referred to as MTM, this term describes a broad range of health care services provided by pharmacists, the medication experts on the health care team.

  • Selecting, initiating, modifying, or administering medication therapy
  • Monitoring and evaluating the patient’s response to therapy, including safety and effectiveness
  • Performing a comprehensive medication review to identify, resolve, and prevent medication-related problems, including adverse drug events
  • Documenting care delivery and communicating essential information to the patient’s other primary care providers
  • Providing verbal education and training to enhance patient understanding and appropriate use of his/her medications
  • Providing information, support services, and resources to enhance patient adherence with his/her therapeutic regimens
  • Coordinating and integrating medication therapy management services within the broader health

STAMP Out Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse

The STAMP Out Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Program is a tool to help pharmacists and other health care professionals educate seniors, caregivers, families and community-based senior services providers about prescription drug misuse and abuse in older adults.

STAMP OUT was developed by the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists Foundation.

Key messages:

  • Using your medicine safely
  • Prevention of medication misuse and abuse
  • How to clean out your medication cabinet one ayear
  • Disposing of expired and old medicine properly
  • Creating a personal medicine list

Bone Density Screening

UB School of Pharmacy offers free Bone Density Screening for at-risk individuals using a portable scanner. The machine is used to provide patients with quick, non-invasive test results from which they can get feedback instantly and take with them to share with their primary care physician for further discussion/evaluation. 

Vial of Life

Vial of Life, a cornerstone of our community education wellness clinic requirement, mandates all first, second and third year students promote project awareness and patient participation within Vial of Life directives.

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