UCSF-Fresno to offer free medication consultations for public

WHAT:

The UCSF School of Pharmacy’s Medication Management Program in Fresno will be offering free consultations with professional clinical pharmacists on two consecutive Tuesdays in January. The service is free of charge and open to anyone with diabetes, those who take blood thinners or people taking three or more medications. Patients will meet with an experienced clinical pharmacist to review the safety and effectiveness of medications they are currently using, receive assistance with managing their drug regimen and, where necessary, identify lower-cost solutions to patients’ health needs.  Patients also will receive a medical ID card, with their medications listed on it. Media are invited to cover the event during morning hours.

WHERE:

UCSF Fresno Medical Education and Research Center
155 North Fresno Street; Suite 224
Fresno

WHEN:

Tuesday, January 12
Tuesday, January 19
Media Coverage: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

WHY:

The UCSF School of Pharmacy launched a Medication Management Service in Fresno last September to address the urgent need among Central Valley residents for assistance in managing prescriptions, especially for patients with diabetes. An estimated one in 10 Fresno residents has diabetes, which frequently occurs alongside other chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease or hypertension, leaving patients to juggle multiple medications. This program is the first of its kind in the Central Valley.

INTERVIEW, PHOTO AND AUDIO/VIDEO OPPORTUNITIES: UCSF faculty pharmacists, patients

For media interested in attending, please RSVP to Kristen Bole at kbole@pubaff.ucsf.edu. On the day of the event, please contact Brandy Ramos Nikaido at (559) 241-7512 or on her cell phone at (559) 313-6539.

The UCSF School of Pharmacy is the nation’s premier graduate-level school of pharmacy, conducting advanced research in the field and providing clinical pharmacy services and advice to the local and extended community. For more information, visit, http://pharmacy.ucsf.edu/.

UCSF is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. For further information, please visit www.ucsf.edu.

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