Learn how pharmacists can help you at free SecureCare seminar on May 9 at Ornelas Center

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Knowing all the medications that you take and their interactions with other drugs or supplements could be a matter of life or death, according to the Texas Medical Association. That’s just one reason that your pharmacist is a vital part of your health care team.

Learn how to effectively use pharmacy services at “You and Your Pharmacist: A Healthy Dose of Education,” a free SecureCare event from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 9, at the Ornelas Center, 3402 Old Omen Road in Tyler, said special events coordinator Dexter Jones.

Amy Collins, Pharm.D., a pharmacist at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, will discuss how pharmacists can help evaluate medications and prevent drug interactions. You will have the opportunity to hear updates on the effects of daily vitamins and supplements, as well as a summary of the new Medicare prescription drug program.

UT Health Science Center pharmacists will be on hand to answer questions and review your medicines. Bring the medications or a list of the medications, over-the-counter drugs, and supplements that you take.

Free blood pressure and glucose screenings will be offered, and brunch will be provided. You also may sign up for a drawing to win the door prize: a new blood pressure machine.

These SecureCare educational sessions are held on the second Tuesday of each month at the Ornelas Activity Center, which is operated by UT Health Science Center at Tyler. They are designed to provide timely information on topics of interest to senior citizens.

Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call (903) 877-5122.

NOTICE: Protected health information is subject to electronic disclosure.