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A Simple Acronym to Share with Your Patients: R U SAFE?   Jan . 20 . 2015

When prescribing medications, physicians take the time to explain certain things about the medication to the patient, such as the schedule/course of when and how to take it, and the interferences and contraindications, if any. One more piece of information that physicians can share to increase their patient’s medication compliance is the acronym R U SAFE?

AwareRx, a division of NABP, highlights the acronym RU SAFE on their website, as an easy reminder to protect self, family, and friends around prescription medication. The letters each stand for an important step in prescription compliance. As stated on awarerx.org, the letters and their meanings are:

1. “Record and Understand prescription information”: If a patient is unclear about their medication, or has forgotten the dosage information, they are encouraged to speak with their physician. Understanding is the first step in medication compliance.

2. “Safe acquisition”: Acquiring a prescription from a reputable source is of primary importance. Online pharmacy websites can be verified through VIPPS, Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites.

3. “Appropriate use”: Physician recommended dosage and course of medication are directly related to the efficacy of the medication.

4. “Find disposal information”: Medication disposal sites are all over the country, and patients are encouraged to dispose of any unused/unneeded prescriptions in a safe and responsible way. Additionally, while a patient is using a prescription, proper storage should be encouraged.

5. “Educate on abuse and misuse”: Alerting patients, as well as their friends and family to the dangers of misusing or abusing a prescription, is one more way that physicians can be involved in the fight against drug abuse. This conversation could save lives.

Consider mentioning this acronym to the next patient that you write a prescription for. R U SAFE is a simple and easy way to relay important prescription information that every patient can recall as they seek health.

This post was sourced, in part, by AWARxE and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). Information for this blog post has been obtained with permission by the author of the original article, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. For more information about NABP, please visit http://www.nabp.net

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