Over 60% of adults in the United States older than 65 years old take at least 5 medications each week; 15% of people 65 years or older take at least 10 medications each week. An up-to-date medication list provides real-time information to healthcare providers for routine visits as well as emergencies, when the person might be physically unable to vocalize what medications he or she takes.
Patients should know the following about the medications they take:
• Last date and time taken
Medication reconciliation is a process that reduces medication errors like omissions, duplications, dosing
errors or drug interactions. One of the easiest ways to keep up-to-date on medication is to keep a record or a list in a wallet, or to take a picture of the medication list and have it available on a cell phone as an
image for easy reference.
To print a personal Medication Record, please visit http://www.wapatientsafety.org/downloads/My-Medication-record.pdf.