NACDS counters New York Times article

September 26, 2007

NACDS debunks New York Times article, "The 'Poisonous Cocktail' of Multiple Drugs"

NACDS has issued a "The 'Poisonous Cocktail' of Multiple Drugs." The association said the article misrepresented the role of chain community pharmacy in the prevention of harmful drug interactions. NACDS noted that the article provides much-needed awareness and advice regarding the potential danger of drug interactions. However, NACDS noted that the article includes the growth of chain pharmacies as a reason that "no single health professional ? knows what [patients] are taking and could alert them to dangerous combinations." The article blamed "places where chain stores have replaced independent pharmacies or when the patient's drug plan requires that medications be ordered by mail." NACDS debunked the Times' statement by noting that pharmacists in chain and independent pharmacies play a role in counseling patients for drug interactions, and that pharmacists in all stores rely on complete medication information for this purpose.

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