The NACDS Foundation hosted a forum this week, “Prescription & OTC Medication Record Integration: A Holistic Patient-Centered Approach.”
The NACDS Foundation hosted a forum this week, “Prescription & OTC Medication Record Integration: A Holistic Patient-Centered Approach,” to explore the potential for advancing patient health and wellness by integrating over-the-counter (OTC) medication use into electronic health records.
The increased use of prescription drugs, wider reliance on self-medication and the rise in the use of OTC medications has led to a higher risk for drug-drug interactions between prescriptions and OTC medications. Prevention strategies focused on especially vulnerable populations who are receiving interacting prescribed drugs—the elderly and chronically ill—could improve patient outcomes.
Representatives from retail pharmacy, pharmacy software system vendors, pharmacy channel partners and other health information technology partners participated in the stakeholder conference, which will culminate in a report that will be widely distributed throughout the stakeholder communities and NACDS communications platforms.