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February 2007
Prescription drug errors:
here's how to avoid them
bout one and a half
million people in the
United States are hurt by
preventable drug mistakes
each year.
• Ask your doctor or the
pharmacist about the side
effects of the drug and
what you should do if you
have side effects.
Here’s what you can do to
help prevent drug errors:
• Keep a list of
vitamins and
you take, and
bring the list
every time
you visit any
doctor. Also, keep a list of
any food or drug allergies
you may have.
• Check the label! Make
sure that the drug name,
and dosage
given to
you by the
is the same
as what
your doctor
If a
you have taken before
looks different in any
way, speak with your
pharmacist right away.
• Ask your doctor to write
down the brand name
and generic names of
medications he or she
is prescribing for you.
Remember to ask if a
new prescription replaces
any of your current
If you’re ever in doubt about
any drug you’re taking,
always call your doctor.
Talking to your doctor
before, during and after
your regular visits can help
prevent these harmful drug
errors from happening.
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Prescription drug errors
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Asked Questions
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We are providing the following information to help explain
benefit changes that took effect July 1, 2006.
• MassHealth CommonHealth members who are under 21 years old are eligible for EPSDT (Early and Periodic
Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment) services.
MassHealth Standard members are eligible for non-emergent transportation (outside a 50-mile radius of the MA border). Family Assistance and Basic members are not eligible for this benefit.
As part of the tobacco cessation benefit, all MassHealth members are allowed a total of 16 individual or group counseling sessions (or any combination of the two) over a
12-month period.
For more information on
prescription errors, the
Massachusetts Coalition for the
Prevention of Medical Errors has
brochures available in both English
and Spanish. You can view them
at the following addresses:
Your Pharmacy
Benef its
BMC HealthNet Plan
members are covered in full
for prescriptions written by
their doctor.
You can have your
prescriptions filled at more
than 1,000 pharmacies
in our network all over
Massachusetts, including
all the major pharmacy
chain stores. To search for a
pharmacy in your area, visit
our Web site, www.bmchp.org.
You can also call our Member
Services Call Center.
Members pay small
copayments at the pharmacy
when they get prescriptions
filled. The copays are just
$3 for covered brand-name
prescription medications
and $1 for covered generic
prescription medications.
You also pay $1 for certain
over-the-counter products
with a prescription from your
doctor. These copays are
for first-time prescriptions
and refills. For a list of the
covered over-the-counter
products visit our Web site
at www.bmchp.org/pages/
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Lead poisoning:
what parents need to know
Lead dust and lead paint in older homes can poison young
children. Lead dust is caused when lead paint peels and cracks.
It can also come from opening old windows or doing repair work
to older homes. The dust can
get on your child’s toys and the
floor where your child crawls.
Lead can also be found in water
and soil and even toy jewelry.
Children can breathe in lead
dust and become sick.
Make sure they get tested
Children should be tested for
lead at ages 1, 2, 3, and even 4 years, depending on where you
live. If you have a young child, talk to your doctor about having
your child tested for lead.
You can protect your child against lead poisoning by making
sure he or she is eating healthy foods, with calcium, iron and
vitamin C. Also, make sure you wash your child’s hands often
and clean off their toys.
More Information
BMC HealthNet Plan recently sent out brochures about lead
poisoning to members with young children who may need
to be tested for lead. These brochures were created by the
Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Childhood Lead
Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP). To print a copy of the
brochure go to BMC HealthNet Plan’s Web site, www.bmchp.org.
You’ll find the brochure on the Personal Health Programs page.
Make sure your toddler is eating right
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new foods. If you’re having
that problem, offer your child
two choices and ask him or
her to pick one. If your toddler
chooses not to eat, then he
or she may be more hungry at
the next scheduled snack or
meal—and more willing to try
something new. Children learn
by example. So it is important
for parents to eat nutritional
foods too. Keep offering new
foods -- don’t give up.
What if your child doesn’t eat
a balanced diet each day?
Most kids don't eat a balanced
diet every day. Watch your
A new vaccine has been
approved for females ages 9-26
to help prevent cervical cancer.
This vaccine is called the
HPV vaccine or Gardisil. This
vaccine helps protect women
against the HPV virus that
causes seven out of every 10
cases of cervical cancer.
The vaccine is most effective
when given to females before
they become sexually active
because they have not been
exposed to any of the four types
of HPV that are in the vaccine.
It is given in three shots over
a six month period. BMC
HealthNet Plan covers the HPV
For more information about
the vaccine, talk with your
physician, your child’s
pediatrician or family
You can get more
information on preventing
lead poisoning by calling
1-800-532-9571 or through
their Web site,
child’s diet over a week or two.
It may help to write down what
your child eats each day to see
if he or she is getting enough
different foods.
Talk to your child’s doctor about
healthy eating. Tell the doctor
about what your child eats and
ask for ideas on nutrition.
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Boston, MA 02116
Make sure your toddler
is eating right
Lead Poisoning: What
Parents Need to Know
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Boston, MA 02116
Western Massachusetts Regional Office:
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Springfield, MA 01107
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New Bedford, MA 02740
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What foods should you feed
your child?
A healthy diet is rich in grains (like cereals
and whole wheat breads), vegetables,
fruits, milk/dairy, meats and proteins,
and a limited amount of fats and sweets.
A common mistake that parents make is giving their children
too much juice or milk and not enough solid foods. Four cups
of milk and three cups of juice per day can add up to 1,350
calories. That’s more calories than your child should have in a
day and they haven’t eaten anything solid yet!
What if your child doesn’t like a lot of foods?
Toddlers can be fussy about the foods they eat. It may be
hard to teach them to eat the right foods or have them try
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Prescription Drug Errors
Eating a healthy diet is important for all of
us. For young children, helping them eat
nutritional foods will teach them to eat
healthy throughout their lives.