| Posted On Nov 20, 2013 | By:

Roadmap to Medication Success

Understanding how to properly take your medications is so important to your health, but many people – estimates are between 33% and 50% of people who take medication regularly – do not take them safely and properly, leading to additional labs or doctor’s visits, medical complications, and even hospitalizations, all at an additional cost.

To ensure you take your medications correctly and receive the maximum health benefit from taking those medicines,

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| Posted On Sep 10, 2013 | By:

Making Sense of a Prescription Medicine Label

I admit it: there’s a lot of information packed onto a prescription medicine label.  It’s all appropriate and necessary information, but it can also be overwhelming and confusing to interpret the abbreviations and small print.  To add to the confusion, one pharmacy’s label may place information in a different location than another pharmacy’s label does, creating a frustrating game of “hide and seek.”

Understanding your medicine label gives you the power to take what’s inside correctly and protect your health.

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| Posted On Apr 24, 2013 | By:

Our Spring Cleaning for You: Ideas for Healthy Living from our Blog

The weather is finally (albeit in fits and starts) warming up here in the Northeast.  The spring season is a time for renewal, which means it’s also a good time to reassess your health habits and maybe renew a few good ones that may have lapsed or even start brand-new ones.  To give you some ideas on healthy habits to try, we’ve summarized a few health tips and topics from our past blog posts:

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| Posted On Jan 02, 2013 | By:

Medication Safety: Doing Your Part

The pills your doctor prescribes for you may look like small, harmless tablets, but prescription medicines – if not used properly – can be very dangerous, even lethal. Mixing them with other prescription (or even over-the-counter) medications without first consulting your doctor can cause serious health problems. Drugs that are not taken for the purpose for which they were prescribed, or that are shared with others, are a significant cause of serious health complications in the United States,

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| Posted On Mar 05, 2012 | By:

What’s in a Name? Safer care, for one.

When you check in at a Harvard Vanguard or other Atrius Health doctor’s office, one of the first things you’re asked to do is verify your name and date of birth.  Next, when you are brought to an exam room, the medical assistant asks you the same question.  If you need to take any medicine while you’re there…same question.  If you go to the lab or to x-ray…”Can you please verify your name and date of birth?”  Some of our patients say,

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