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    Know Your Dose

    Know Your Dose Campaign
    Communication Toolkit
    Turnkey Healthcare Provider Content | May 2012


    The following are Know Your Dose Spring Rally campaign assets for you to insert into or modify for use in your May and June existing communication channels:

    SAMPLE NEWSLETTER BLURB (GENERAL)

    Title: A World of Conditions, Hundreds of Medicines, One Ingredient: Acetaminophen. Use it Safely.

    As you know, acetaminophen is the most common drug ingredient in America, found in over 600 different prescription and over-the-counter medicines. This spring, we’re asking healthcare providers to remind all patients and caregivers to: 1) always read and follow the labels on their medicines; 2) know if their medicine contains acetaminophen; and 3) never take two medicines that contain acetaminophen at the same time.  Visit www.KnowYourDose.org for more information to share with your patients, and to order free materials for your office.

    SAMPLE NEWSLETTER BLURB NATIONAL ARTHRITIS MONTH (MAY)


    Title: For National Arthritis Month, Make Sure Your Patients Know Their Dose


    Consumers who suffer from arthritis know the importance of prescription medicine when managing their condition, but they don’t always think to check the label on over-the-counter medicine when dealing with temporary issues such as fever.  As the most common drug ingredient in America, acetaminophen can be found in over 600 medicines, including many prescription and over-the-counter medicines. With a world of conditions and hundreds of medicines, it’s important that patients know if acetaminophen is in their medicine and use it safely.

    This May for National Arthritis Month, we’re asking healthcare providers to remind all patients and caregivers to: 1) always read and follow the labels on their medicines; 2) know if their medicine contains acetaminophen; and 3) never take two medicines that contain acetaminophen at the same time. Visit www.KnowYourDose.org for more information to share with your patients, and to order free materials for your office.

    SAMPLE NEWSLETTER/LISTSERV POST (GENERAL CHRONIC PAIN)

    Subject: This spring, NSNA is partnering with the Know Your Dose campaign to remind consumers who suffer from chronic pain about the proper use of medicines that contain acetaminophen.

    Title: A World of Conditions, Hundreds of Medicines, One Ingredient: Acetaminophen. Use it Safely.


    As the most common drug ingredient in America, acetaminophen can be found in over 600 medicines, including many prescription and over-the-counter medicines. With a world of conditions and hundreds of medicines, it’s important to educate patients and caregivers about the proper use of medicines containing acetaminophen.

    This spring, we’re asking healthcare providers to remind all patients and caregivers to: 1) always read and follow the labels on their medicines; 2) know if their medicine contains acetaminophen; and 3) never take two medicines that contain acetaminophen at the same time. The Know Your Dose campaign offers a short list of helpful health tips to share with your patients and community.
     


    Medicine Safety Tips

     

    • Always read and follow the label on ALL medicines. Whether you are taking medicine yourself or giving it to someone else, make sure you read and follow the instructions on the label.
    • Know if your medicine contains acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is in more than 600 prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines. Never take two medicines that contain acetaminophen at the same time or take more than is directed.
    • Look for acetaminophen abbreviations on prescription labels. The ingredient name acetaminophen is not always spelled out entirely. It is sometimes listed as “APAP,” “acetam,” or other shortened versions of the word.
    • Know Your Dose. Acetaminophen is safe and effective, but there is a limited amount you can take in one day. Taking more acetaminophen than directed is an overdose and can lead to liver damage. 
    • Keep medicines in their original packaging. Don’t transfer prescription or over-the-counter medicines to a new container, as the packaging contains important safety and dosing information.
    • Don’t mix alcohol and medicine. If you drink three or more alcoholic beverages every day, ask your doctor before you take medicines containing acetaminophen.
    • Check each medicine for shared ingredients. When you are experiencing more than one ailment (fever, back pain, headache) make sure you check for acetaminophen on the label of each medicine you take. Medicines designed to address multiple symptoms, called combination medicines, often contain acetaminophen. Don’t take a combination medicine containing acetaminophen with a single-ingredient medicine containing acetaminophen at the same time to avoid an overdose.
    • Store all medicine out of sight and reach of children. Make sure you keep any and all medicines up at a height children can’t reach and away from view.


    Visit KnowYourDose.org to order free educational materials to display in your office, pharmacy, or waiting room to help educate patients and consumers on how to safely use medicines that contain acetaminophen. The site also offers a discussion guide to use as a quick reference and reminder when speaking with patients and consumers, as well as helpful tools for the public including a list of common medicines that contain acetaminophen, tips on reading over-the counter and prescription labels, and more.

    SAMPLE BLOG POST (GENERAL CHRONIC PAIN)

    Subject: A World of Conditions, Hundreds of Medicines, One Ingredient: Acetaminophen. Use it Safely.

    People with chronic pain know the importance of prescription medicine when managing their conditions. But these same individuals often use over-the-counter medicines to get relief for temporary ailments, such as fever.  With a world of conditions and hundreds of medicines containing acetaminophen, it’s important to talk with your patients about using these medicines safely.

    This spring, we’re asking healthcare providers to remind all patients and caregivers to: 1) always read and follow the labels on their medicines; 2) know if their medicine contains acetaminophen; and 3) never take two medicines that contain acetaminophen at the same time.  The Know Your Dose campaign offers a short list of helpful health tips that you can share with your patients and community.
     


    Medicine Safety Tips

     

    • Always read and follow the label on ALL medicines. Whether you are taking medicine yourself or giving it to someone else, make sure you read and follow the instructions on the label.
    • Know if your medicine contains acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is in more than 600 prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Never take two medicines that contain acetaminophen at the same time or take more than is directed.
    • Look for acetaminophen abbreviations on prescription labels. The ingredient name acetaminophen is not always spelled out entirely. It is sometimes listed as “APAP,” “acetam,” or other shortened versions of the word.
    • Know Your Dose. Acetaminophen is safe and effective, but there is a limited amount you can take in one day. Taking more acetaminophen than directed is an overdose and can lead to liver damage. 
    • Keep medicines in their original packaging. Don’t transfer prescription or over-the-counter medicines to a new container, as the packaging contains important safety and dosing information.
    • Don’t mix alcohol and medicine. If you drink three or more alcoholic beverages every day, ask your doctor before you take medicines containing acetaminophen.
    • Check each medicine for shared ingredients. When you are experiencing more than one ailment (fever, back pain, headache) make sure you check for acetaminophen on the label of each medicine you take. Medicines designed to address multiple symptoms, called combination medicines, often contain acetaminophen. Don’t take a combination medicine containing acetaminophen with a single-ingredient medicine containing acetaminophen at the same time to avoid an overdose.
    • Store all medicine out of sight and reach of children. Make sure you keep any and all medicines up at a height children can’t reach and away from view.


    Visit KnowYourDose.org to order free educational materials to display in your office, pharmacy, or waiting room to help educate patients and consumers on how to safely use medicines that contain acetaminophen. The site also offers a discussion guide to use as a quick reference and reminder when speaking with patients and consumers, as well as helpful tools for the public including a list of common medicines that contain acetaminophen, tips on reading over-the counter and prescription labels, and more.