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Citizens Medical Center Pharmacy Week begins Sunday

By JR Ortega
Oct. 16, 2010 at 5:16 a.m.
Updated Oct. 21, 2010 at 5:21 a.m.

Ricky Lenz

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Source: Dr. Ricky Lenz and Citizens Medical Center pharmacists

IF YOU GOWHAT: Meet the Pharmacists at Citizens Medical Center

WHEN: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday and Friday

WHERE: Next to chapel in Citizens Medical Center at 2701 Hospital Drive

Citizens Medical Center will celebrate Pharmacy Week this week.

Mayor Will Armstrong signed a proclamation last week recognizing National Hospital and Health-System Pharmacy Week to push for the understanding of medicine, especially when it comes to providing home medication list forms, said Ricky Lenz, staff pharmacist.

"Most people unfortunately don't have one," Lenz said. "A little page could save your life."

Each person should document what medications, how many doses and the strength of the medication. Also, any allergies should be placed on the list, he said.

The list should also be kept at all times in case of emergency, he said.

"Everyone really needs to have them," he said. "This is a push for the pharmacists."

Lenz, who has been a pharmacist for 39 years, has seen the role of a pharmacist change.

The pharmacists at the hospital are usually on call for doctors who have questions on drug interactions, he said.

Pharmacists don't just prescribe and count drugs, their job has become a much bigger responsibility in terms of life and death, he said.

Pharmacy Week at Citizens has been celebrated in the past, but it was never official and there wasn't a big push, he said.

"It hadn't been promoted as much," he said. "We want to get everyone to fill out the home medication lists."

Russell Witte has seen the usefulness the home medication list has done for him and his family.

The list is used for his father-in-law, who is in his 80s, he said.

Rather than using the forms the hospital provides, Witte's wife made a spreadsheet of his medications, he said.

"He has a large number of medications that he is on," he said. "We just hand it to the admitting person and a nurse puts it into his records. The convenience of that is really, really nice."

Citizens Medical Center pharmacists will hand out home medication list forms and answer pharmaceutical ques tions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday next to the chapel at Citizens Medical Center, 2701 Hospital Drive.

*Corrected Oct. 20.

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