TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 6 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — As Washington debates the future of health care in America, the Consumer Federation of the Southeast (CFSE) is taking steps to arm Floridians with the necessary tools to manage their prescription drugs, potentially saving lives.
The Consumer Federation of the Southeast developed the new consumer wallet card in response to a growing trend being used by insurance companies called “therapeutic substitution” or “therapeutic switching.” This cost-cutting strategy involves replacing prescription medication with a different medication — which is often chemically different. The new CFSE wallet cards will help Floridians be better informed about their prescription drugs the next time they visit their local pharmacy.
“Many times the practice of drug switching happens at the pharmacy counter and may confuse the average consumer causing them to make uninformed decisions that could be harmful to their health,” said Walter Dartland, executive director of the Consumer Federation of the Southeast. “We hope the new wallet cards will help consumers be better informed when they visit their pharmacy.”
The wallet card helps remind consumers how to avoid becoming a victim by providing a list of five simple questions they should ask their pharmacist when presented with the option to switch their prescription to a different medication.
“My husband lost his life due to confusion with at the pharmacy with his epilepsy medication,” Kim D’Orsey said. “I’m thankful these cards are being made available to encourage people to think twice before changing medications just because their health plan or pharmacist suggests a switch.”
Over the next few months 10,000 wallet cards will be distributed to consumers through community partners including Community Health Charities and Florida CHAIN.
“We hope these cards will help consumers make informed decisions about their prescription drugs by encouraging them to ask questions if anyone tries to switch their medications,” said Gwen Cooper, CEO of Community Health Charities.
To print your own wallet card visit the Consumer Federation of the Southeast’s website at http://www.consumerfederationse.com.
The Consumer Federation of the Southeast (CFSE) is a not-for-profit consumer advocacy group founded in 2003 and dedicated to consumer advocacy in the Southeastern United States. Our goal is to establish a vigorous, new, pro-consumer agenda built upon public awareness, consumer education, and coalition-building.
SOURCE La Federación de Consumidores del Sureste