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Toolkit: General Medication Handouts for Patients

Below is a list of tools and resources to provide patients when addressing general questions or encouraging best practices associated with their medications.


My Medicine Record

A record for listing patients medications which is a resource for patients on how to become an active member of their health care team. Developed by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Food and Drug Administration’s Use Medicines Safely initiative. Click here for the record form. 


Tips for Talking with Your Pharmacist

A brochure for patients, listing important talking points they should have with their pharmacist and other health care providers to learn how to use medicines safely and ways to increase the benefits and decrease the risks. Click here to view the brochure.


Facts about Generic Drugs

The use of generic drugs is continuing to grow as many drugs come off patent. For this reason the FDA issued this resource to address common questions patients may have and present the facts about generics.  Click here for this fact sheet.  

Medicines In My Home

Information for adults on using over-the-counter medicines safely at home. Click here for this brochure.

Talk Before You Take: Pocket Guide

National Council on Patient Information and Education has downloadable tools to engage patients and providers in better, more effective, communication about medications.  Click here for a guide to assist patients in creating their own “Talk Before Your Take” pocket guide.


Tips for Helping You Stick with Your Medication Plan

A handout for patients which includes helpful tips for remembering to take medicines and a table to list medication name, reason for taking it, how much, how many times a day, and what time of day each medication should be taken. Click here for this handout.


Medicine Worksheet: Keeping Track of Medicines, Vitamins, and Supplements

A worksheet for patients to use to keep track of their medicines and examples of questions for their health care provider about taking medicine.  Click here for this worksheet.


Vaccine Administration Record for Adults

A record for patients to bring with them to their health visits and ask their vaccine provider to sign and date the form for each vaccine they receive.  Click here for this record form.

Patient Assistance Programs

Some patients may have trouble affording the medications they need.  The NeedyMeds website has information on patient assistance programs along with coupons, rebates and other helpful resources.

Click here for the website.

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