Thursday, February 11, 2016

Do yourself a favor: Look at your medicine bottle labels and make a list

Medicare open enrollment starts today, so use the occasion to make or update your list of medications.

Do yourself a favor: Look at your medicine bottle labels and make a list


Medicare open enrollment starts today and runs through Dec. 7. Part D, the prescription drug portion, is among the crucial pieces.

A link to is here.

Whether you're eligible or not, any adult taking medicine on a regular basis should use this occasion to examine or re-examine their medicine bottles and make a list of what they take. Keep one in your wallet or purse.

If you end up in the emergency room, alone and unconscious, it might save your life. If emergency room doctors and nurses have to start from scratch, they have less chance to help you.

A link to Sunday's Inquirer story on that topic is here.

A link to a blank, basic medicine chart is here. It is a PDF, so you'll need to print it and fill it out. If you have trouble understanding or reading a medicine bottle label, ask for help from family or friends or your doctor.

Doctors would rather patients put all the medicine in a bag and bring it to the office rather than operate blind.

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (link here) and its more consumer-oriented site (here) have several tools for making medication lists and checking your medicine.

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D. - Pa.) will be hosting counselors from APPRISE—Pennsylvania’s free health insurance counseling program — to help Medicare beneficiaries make choices, but appointments are necessary.

To schedule an appointment, contact Michelle Espinal, constituent services representative, at 215-517-6572 or Michelle.Espinal@ Due to the high number of expected appointments, the office will not be able to accommodate individuals without scheduled appointments.

The Philadelphia district office is at 7219 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa., 19135. The phone number there is (215) 335-3355. The dates for the APPRISE appointments at the Philadelphia office are:

Oct. 17

Nov. 7

Nov. 14

Nov. 21

Dec. 5

The Montgomery County district office is at 706 West Avenue in Jenkintown, Pa., 19046. The phone number of that office is (215) 517-6572. The APPRISE appointment dates for the Montgomery office are:

Oct. 17

Oct. 24

Oct. 31

Nov. 7

Nov. 14

Nov. 21

Nov. 28



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Portions of this blog may also be found in the Inquirer's Sunday Health Section.

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