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What is a Medication Review?
A medication review is a service provided by an accredited clinical pharmacist.
The service involves talking to the patient and examining all the medications they take to identify medication-related problems. The comprehensive medication review will involve examining all prescription, non-prescription and complementary medications (vitamins and other supplements).
Problems that may be detected in a medication review include:
- Side-effects from medications
- Interactions between medications
- Too many medications
- Too many doses of medications
Most importantly, a medication-review involves the patient to help them understand what each medication is treating and to ensure that each medication is exactly the right medication for them.
These problems can arise due to a range of factors so, if you are taking medication, a comprehensive medication review is a crucial task to complete on a regular basis. In particular, if you have begun taking a new medicine recently or have had another significant lifestyle change, such as a change in diet or recent hospital visit, a medication management review should be scheduled to ensure no changes need to be made.
Reasons you may need a Medication Review
- You have recently started to take new medicine
- You are cared for by more than one doctor
- You have recently been in hospital for any reason
- You have questions about the best way to take your medication (both individually and when taken together)
- You think your medicine may be producing side effects
- You have questions about the best way to store your medication
In Australia, the government funds Home Medicines Reviews (HMRs) for people living in the community and Residential Medication Management Reviews (RMMRs) for people living in aged-care homes. These reviews are undertaken by specially trained pharmacists (accredited clinical pharmacists) who act as medication review consultants in collaboration with the patient and his or her general practitioner.