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Last Updated
April 19, 2017

“Talk About Prescriptions” Month
October 2013


NCPIE created ”TAP” Month in 1986 as an annual observance to call attention to the need to stimulate and improve communication of information to promote safe and appropriate medicine use between consumers and their healthcare providers. “TAP” Month is also intended to focus attention annually on the value that better medicine communication can play in promoting better medicine use and better health outcomes. By design, “TAP” Month messaging is “evergreen” in the sense that key messages can be used throughout the year.

Be Medicine Smart

Our Theme
What's New for "TAP" Month 2013
NCPIE Press Release, October 2013 "National Version"
Previous "TAP" Observances (on-line)

Our Theme

This October marks NCPIE’s 28th national “Talk About Prescriptions Month” (TAP Month). This year, our theme for “TAP” Month is “Be Medicine Smart”. On October 15, 2013 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, NCPIE launched a new national campaign called the Adherence Action Agenda (The A3 Project), with a particular emphasis on improving medication adherence by Americans suffering from chronic and multiple chronic conditions (MCCs). NCPIE issued the call to action in a new report: Accelerating Progress in Prescription Medicine Adherence: The Adherence Action Agenda. The report provides a series of 10 Recommendations for Action to improve medication adherence for this vulnerable population and with it the potential to reduce adverse health and economic consequences of poor adherence. NCPIE also launched a dedicated web platform www.bemedicinesmart.org

What's New for "TAP" Month 2013

Adherence Action Agenda (A3) Report:
Accelerating Progress in Prescription Medicine Adherence: The Adherence Action Agenda (October 2013)

Fact Sheets:
The Problem: Multiple Chronic Conditions
Medicine Adherence: The Nation’s “Other Drug Problem”

Adherence Action Agenda Video


Learn to “Be Medicine Smart” Mini Posters

These 3 free downloadable 8 ˝ x 11" posters have multiple uses, including: display in high traffic areas like worksites, libraries, and meeting rooms. So print them out, save them to your computer and e-mail them to family and friends to encourage them to get a Medicine List. Place in your organizational newsletters and magazines to alert readers about how they too can learn to “Be Medicine Smart."

Here's What Makes YOU "Medicine Smart” Downloadable one page list of important things you can do to be "Medicine Smart."

10 Important Questions to Help You “Be Medicine Smart" Downloadable one page list of 10 important questions to help get information about your medicine.

Making a Medicine List Makes You "Medicine Smart™" This resource includes nearly a dozen online sources where you can get a medicine list. Many can be filled out, updated when needed, and saved to the computer for printing out before each medical visit.

Other Resources from the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) and External Partners

Why Focus on Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCCs) Download

External Partner Resources You Can Use Including Improving Transitions of Care & Reducing Hospital Readmissions Download

Acetaminophen Safe Use for Seniors
Acetaminophen is the most common active ingredient in over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medicines, including pain relievers, fever reducers, and sleep aids as well as cough, cold, and allergy medicines. Did you know that more than 600 medicines contain acetaminophen? Taking too much acetaminophen can lead to severe liver damage. Risk for liver damage may also be increased if you drink three or more alcoholic drinks a day while taking a medicine that contains acetaminophen.

Medication Use Safety Training for Seniors (MUST for Seniors)
MUST for Seniors includes an array of multi-media educational tools, including a PowerPoint presentation, videos, articles and handouts to help educate older adults and their caregivers about medication safety in older age. For a full listing, click Program Materials & Tools.

Previous TAP Observances Available Online