Just Say ‘Know’ to Prescription Drugs Campaign Finds International Interest and Support

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Campaign receives queries from 71 countries during pre-launch.

Today the Just Say “Know” to Prescription Drugs campaign, aimed at getting one million people to stop and reevaluate the medications they are taking, reported that interest in the initiative is coming from a wide array of countries around the globe. Though 79 percent of the inquires about the initiative are coming from the United States; the campaign is getting interest from people in the industrial nations of the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and France. Beyond the major developed countries, the long tail of interest in the initiative extends to 71 countries around the world including Japan, India, Romania, Jordan, Brazil, Turkey, Qatar, Spain Sweden, Mexico, Korea, China and South Africa.

“The fact that 21 percent of the 15,000 inquiries we’ve received during the pre-launch have come from outside the U.S. underscores the global nature of the problem,” said Dr Gregg Tefft, co-founder of the Just Say Know to Prescription Drugs campaign. “As we take the campaign online this week, we welcome supporters in all of these countries.”

During the month of October, the initiative aims to get one million people and one million parents to take a second look at the prescription medications they are taking and giving their children. Participants will be encouraged to download a form that allows them to thoughtfully evaluate the drugs they are taking or giving to their children. The form collects specific information from their prescribing physician, pharmacist or healthcare provider and requests the provider’s signature attesting that they have fully informed the patient or parent of the risks and benefits of the prescribed medication, as well as non-drug alternatives.

Coalition members have declared October "Just Say ‘Know’ to Prescription Drugs Month" and have scheduled a conference in Washington, D.C. on October 7th to officially launch the campaign. Information about the conference is available at http://www.icspp.org

“The core coalition is already comprised of international supporters,” said Dr. Dominick Riccio, psychologist and chairman of the Just Say Know to Prescription Drugs campaign. “The Internet has made it possible to more easily identify and reach global supporters, and to track with high levels of precision where the campaign is resonating most,” said Riccio.

Organizations and individuals who want to participate in the campaign may go to any of the following Web sites, look for the Just Say “Know” to Prescription Drugs logo, and download the sheet titled "Take This Form and Sign It." Instructions are provided on each form.

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