Great news to share
I am thrilled to announce that my book is forthcoming in Spring 2023 (Skyhorse)! What an honor to bring to fruition the opportunity to help adults at all stages of life use medications more safely, especially older adults who are at greatest risk of problems. Patient involvement in their health care is essential to reducing the risks associated with unnecessary or harmful medications. But patients have never had a resource to explain the concerns and help them take action.
My book provides information to guide safe and appropriate use of drug therapy. It addresses the questions consumers want to ask about their medications and brings to light other questions they should be asking but may not know how. It is everyone's go-to guide on how to use medications safely on the journey to healthy aging. I'll provide updates here as they come available.
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Hedva Barenholtz Levy is a pharmacist who specializes in working with older adults residing in community settings. In 1995, Dr. Levy founded HbL PharmaConsulting, a unique senior-care pharmacy practice where she meets one-on-one with older adults in their homes to conduct comprehensive medication reviews. Through these individualized encounters, she promotes the safe and effective use of medications by educating patients and communicating with their physicians to identify and correct medication-related problems.
She is board certified as a pharmacotherapy and a geriatric specialist. Dr. Levy received her Doctor of Pharmacy and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Michigan in 1990 and completed a clinical pharmacy residency at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in 1991 (now, UF Health Shands Hospital).
Older adults are at high risk of experiencing medication-related problems. Most of these problems are preventable; however, it takes a team approach, including prescribers and patients working together. Not only do we need to focus on more judicious prescribing of drugs, but also on how and what medications are being taken at home by the consumer. With our current disjointed healthcare system, it is more important than ever for patients to understand how to take their medications safely and effectively.