Joanne Woodward Fraser —
Do you have questions about your medications? When you’re taking three or more medications or living with diabetes, keeping track of what you can take can be difficult. Luckily, Ontario has MedsCheck, a free program from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, where you meet one-on-one with your pharmacist to make sure you’re using all your medications in a safe and proper way.
When you arrive for your meeting with your pharmacist, it’s important to have your valid Ontario Health Card and a list of all prescription and non-prescription medications you use — this includes all ointments, creams and lotions, and all natural health products. The MedsCheck appointment is your chance to discuss how your prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs and alternative medications may be affecting each other.
After your consultation, you will get a personal medication record from your pharmacist who will also send it to your other health care providers so everyone is up-to-date. This record will list all of the medications you are currently taking, including prescription drugs, herbals and over-the-counter products.
The MedsCheck program is free for any Ontario resident taking three or more medications for a chronic illness; living in a licensed long-term care home; or living with diabetes. If you take three or more prescriptions for a chronic illness but are unable to physically get to your neighbourhood pharmacy, you might also be eligible for an at-home visit with your pharmacist.
When you’ve got a chronic illness, you’re already dealing with a lot. With the MedsCheck program you can spend some quality time with your pharmacist, find out more about the medications you take, ask questions and discuss concerns. It only takes 20-30 minutes and it could help to keep you out of the hospital.