Being Mindful of Your Prescriptions

By: Estephany Escobar Email
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Overmedication is making headlines after the Virginia Board of Medicine reprimanded a doctor accused of over-prescribing a teen in Roanoke that died.

An autopsy did not point to the medication as a cause.

Pharmacist Mel Anderson said pharmacies keep a record of your medications, but if you visit one different from your regular one, you should let the pharmacist know about other medications you are taking.

Anderson also said he can also double check the prescription amount with the doctor.

"We will call that physician that wrote the prescription and verify that it is indeed what they want. We will attempt to provide them with the information that the patient may not have provided to them during the visit, said Anderson.

He says pharmacists can offer opinions when talking to a doctor, but he or she usually has the final say.


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