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Jeong’s medication guides help mixed families
by Eui Kyoung Yoon (ekyeun@dreamdrug.com)
Published : Jun 15, 2012 02:47:52
 ▲ Jeong Duck Sook, Pharmacy Director
“I hope more pharmacists can use foreign language medication guides for isolated mixed-race families. It is not difficult any longer to consult them.”

Jeong Duck Sook, Pharmacy Director, Seoul Municipal Children’s Hospital, recently started distributing medication guides in six foreign languages, including English, Chinese, Japanese, Mongolian, Vietnamese, and Thai.

“How frustrated they are when they can’t communicate with their healthcare professionals due to the language barrier! I decided to start the project to deliver essential drug information in their language.” Jeong said in an interview with DailyPharm.

Jeong and her staff pharmacist, Lee Nah Yeon, spent six months completing the mediation guides. The medication guides include how to use and store, precaution, side effects and other detailed information about external-use medications such as cream, ophthalmic solution, otic solution, vaginal insert, mouth wash, patch and so on.

When a pharmacist can’t communicate with a patient because of the language barrier, the pharmacist can just give the medication guide in the patient’s language and circle the important points with a red pen.

Jeong’s medication guides in foreign languages are popular. More than two hundred local governments, the Korea Pharmaceutical Association, the Korea Clinical Pharmacists’ Association and Seoul Pharmacists’ Association have already received them.

“It costs nothing. Just go online and download the files. Both hospitals and community pharmacies can use them.” Jeong added.

Jeong is also working on medication guides in Russian and upgrading the current ones. She said, “There are 1.3 million people in mixed-race families. I wish my efforts help them and other visitors.”
 
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