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Last Updated
January 22, 2015
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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

New Name & New Theme! October 2014 marks NCPIE’s 29th Annual “Talk About Your Medicines” Month—Let’s Get In Sync

This year, we’ve changed the name from “Talk About Prescriptions” to the new “TALK ABOUT YOUR MEDICINES”

Our theme is “LET’S GET IN SYNC”

This October and beyond, NCPIE is partnering with the American Pharmacists Association Foundation on the launch of a comprehensive consumer education campaign encouraging patients and caregivers to explore opportunities to engage with pharmacists providing ongoing medication counseling and medication synchronization (sync) services by making multiple medicine refills available at the same time each month or other designated timeframe. Medication synchronization is achieved by using a new patient care service called the Appointment Based Model (ABM) which is designed to improve patients’ adherence to medications and build efficiencies in pharmacy operations.

When utilizing ABM, Pharmacists and pharmacy staff are able to perform a regularly scheduled review of all medications each month, which provides the opportunity to identify therapeutic and adherence issues that patients may be encountering. Research is demonstrating that this model is helping to achieve better health outcomes due to improved adherence to their medicines, particularly for patients who are experiencing multiple chronic health conditions, seeing one or more doctors and/or other healthcare professionals and are therefore taking multiple medicines to manage these health conditions. All of this helps put the focus of the patient at the center of the “healthcare team.”

An additional, related focus for “Talk About Your Medicines” Month 2014: Understanding Medication Risks and Benefits — and What That Means for Your Good Health.… Stay tuned right here.

Click here for more about “Talk About Your Medicines” Month 2014


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

NCPIE Awarded FDA Grant

The National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) has been awarded a grant by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research’s Office of Communications for a consumer research and education initiative – representing a milestone in NCPIE's 30-year history, and turning the page on its next chapter of enhancing medicine communication.

NCPIE will formulate a consumer and healthcare professional research agenda on medication risk and drug safety communication and develop, implement, and assess a national educational program addressing medication risk reduction to promote safe and appropriate medicine use.

Earlier this year, NCPIE convened leaders from the Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, and Ipsos, a national survey research firm to develop a national survey of consumers and healthcare professionals entitled, “Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors Regarding Medication Risk and Safety Information: A Survey of Patients and Healthcare Professionals in the US.” The target for administration of the online survey is September, 2013.

Next steps following completion and analysis of the dual survey findings include:

  • Development and launch of a national risk communications educational campaign extrapolating from the survey findings. An external project advisory team (PAT) has been identified and invited to collaborate with NCPIE to provide input into formulation of campaign messaging for delivery through traditional and social media channels; to suggest collateral materials for healthcare providers, consumers, patients and caregivers, and to support development of implementation and assessment planning.
  • Development of a project-specific NCPIE Risk Communications web platform. The web platform will serve as a repository for survey research findings, key messaging and other collateral elements of the planned consumer and healthcare provider educational initiative, along with external resource links.

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! - Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention
Medication Use Safety Training (MUST) for Seniors

Acetaminophen Safe Use for Seniors
Medicine Safety:
A Toolkit for Families