Promoting the safe use of medicines through trusted communication for better health — Collaboration is our key
The BeMedWise Program at NeedyMeds seeks to build a broad-based network of national and international partners and stakeholders, including:
- Consumer, patient advocacy, and voluntary health agencies
- Organizations and state societies representing healthcare professionals and health educators; schools of pharmacy, medicine, nursing and allied professionals
- National and international for-profit companies including pharmaceutical manufacturers
- Health-related trade associations
- Local, state and federal government agencies
The BeMedWise Program is actively engaged with a wide variety of prestigious external organizations, including:
- Prescriptions for a Healthy America: Partnership for Advancing Medication Adherence
- Script Your Future National Medication Adherence Awareness Campaign
- The Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition – Know Your Dose Campaign
- The Medicine Abuse Project by the Partnership at DrugFree.org
- The National Coordinating Council on Medication Error Reporting and Prevention, (NCC MERP)
- The CDC PROTECT Initiative
- Protecting Access to Pain Relief Coalition (PAPR)
- Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP)
Our activities and program development are guided by these common values:
- To represent a wide spectrum of organizations serving the public health and develop consumer health education programs and community resources, serving as a trusted source of information on issues such as healthcare provider-patient communication, medication adherence, medication risk and error reduction, and prescription drug abuse prevention;
- To empower consumers to be more informed about and active in decisions affecting their use of medicines with actional health tips and specific questions to address with healthcare providers;
- To be a catalyst, convener, collaborator and clearinghouse for the development of innovative, useful, and scientifically accurate information and educational resources about safe medicine use that is disseminated through engagement with healthcare professionals and a wide variety of public and media-driven activities and initiatives.
BeMedWise was launched in 2017 by the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE). NCPIE was established in 1982 in Washington, D.C. as one of the original patient safety coalitions. It became recognized as a trusted source of educational resources for patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals and the general public.
The BeMedWise flagship educational awareness campaigns include:
The BeMedWise website provides information to consumers across the entire medicine uses continuum:
- Access to needed medicines
- Safe and appropriate use of medicines
- Safe storage of medicines
- Safe disposal of unused medicines
In October 1985, NCPIE sponsored the first Talk About Your Medicines Month (TAYMM). Now in its 33rd year, this program, as part of BeMedWise, it’s an annual opportunity to focus attention on the value that better medicine communication plays in promoting better medicine use and better health outcomes. Over time, TAYMM has grown and expanded to stimulate conversations between consumers and their healthcare providers about all the types of medicines they may take, with a focus on what to know about a medication in terms of expected health outcomes, possible side effects, benefits and potential risks.
In July 2018, the operation of NCPIE and its programs, including ground-breaking research on patient-healthcare provider engagement and medicine communication, were assumed by NeedyMeds. Harnessing the expertise and reach of the BeMedWise partners, committed stakeholder groups and program sponsors, BeMedWise will sustain the NCPIE mission to improve health and stimulate high-quality medicine safe use conversations between healthcare professionals, patients, and caregivers.
Founded in 1997, NeedyMeds, a national nonprofit located in Gloucester, MA is a leading voice to help people find assistance with the costs of their medications and healthcare services. NeedyMeds provides information and regularly updates data on over 9,000 pharmaceutical patient assistance programs (PAPs), copay programs, and other types of financial assistance. Nearly 4 million patients, family members, healthcare professionals, social workers and patient advocates use the NeedyMeds website each year. All of the data is free, anonymous, and easy to access. The toll-free helpline receives approximately 1,500 callers per week. NeedyMeds has three additional websites: