Seniors At Risk: Medication Therapy Management Seminar Offered At Ocean Medical Center

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Seniors At Risk: Medication Therapy Management Seminar Offered At Ocean Medical Center

Free program to explore risks of taking multiple medications

If you or a loved one takes multiple medications, you are at increased risk for drug interactions and side effects. An educational program to learn the latest information about how to decrease your risk will be held on Monday, March 16 at Ocean Medical Center. The program will be held from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in the hospital's Conference Center, rooms A and B.

The program is being offered by the Pharmacological Institute at Ocean Medical Center, which is dedicated to providing medication analysis and education for patients and caregivers. According to Robert Schenk Jr., RPH, CCP, consultative pharmacist for the Pharmacology Institute, "It's not uncommon for individuals to see three or four different doctors who are all prescribing drugs for different problems. We pull all their medications and supplements together to ensure they interact correctly and serve the patient well." The Pharmacology Institute at Ocean Medical Center is the only service of its kind in the area.

The program will discuss how to eliminate potentially unnecessary drugs, minimize medication side effects, and educate participants on the proper use of those medications that are needed to help live a longer, better life. The use of over-the-counter medications and supplements will also be addressed.

The program is free and registration is required by calling 1-800-DOCTORS. Ocean Medical Center is conveniently located at 425 Jack Martin Boulevard (in Brick) off of Route 70, and can also be accessed from Route 88.

Ocean Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a 281-bed non-profit community hospital located in Brick New Jersey, providing health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines, including maternity; oncology; orthopedics and rehabilitation; general, neurological, thoracic, and vascular surgery; cardiology; dialysis; and emergency and critical care services. The Medical Center features Magnet award winning nurses and is a proud affiliate of University of Pennsylvania Cancer Network. Ocean Medical Center also operates the state's first Satellite Emergency Department in Point Pleasant, called the Ocean Care Center. For more information, call the Meridian Health Line at 1-800-560-9990 or log on to our web site at