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Last Updated
April 19, 2017
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One of the original patient safety coalitions, NCPIE has been working to advance the safe, appropriate use of medicines through enhanced communication since 1982.

Key Programs and Initiatives

October 2016 — NCPIE’s 31st Annual “Talk About Your Medicines” Month

Our Theme: Let‛s Talk About Polypharmacy: America’s Other Drug Problem

This year, “Talk About Your Medicines” Month casts a spotlight on a signficant and growing medication safe use issue — POLYPHARMACY, the use of 5 or more medications by the same person at the same time — putting patients at increased risk for drug interactions and side effects.

This year’s TAYM program will include educational resources and social media messages focused on addressing, preventing and managing polypharmacy. These materials can be used to develop a “Talk About Your Medicines” Month program in your community addressing POLYPHARMACY. Click here »

Talk Before You Take

“Talk Before You Take” is a new national awareness campaign to encourage and improve communications between healthcare providers (HCPs) and patients about the benefits and potential risks of prescription medicines.

Visit TalkBeforeYouTake.org to learn more


Visit the Be Medicine Smart website to access the Adherence Action Agenda (A3) campaign materials including the report and recommendations.

Fact Sheets

  • Understanding Prescription Assistance Programs
    For more details, click on the links below.
    (HTML | PDF)
  • Tips on Safe Storage and Disposal of Your Prescription Medicines (Color | Black & White)

NCPIE’s 2007 Adherence Report

  • Enhancing Prescription Medicine Adherence: A National Action Plan (PDF)
    Media Advisory (PDF)

NEW! NCPIE Teams Up with Healthline.com

NCPIE collaborates with Healthline and has co-branded a series of articles for consumers with a focus on medication safety management, including useful tips and advice.


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