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Pharmacoinformatics specialist joins Health Literacy and Prescription Container Labeling Advisory Panel


SAN BRUNO, Calif. First DataBank on Wednesday announced that the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention has named Joan Kapusnik-Uner, to the Health Literacy and Prescription Container Labeling Advisory Panel sponsored by the Safe Medication Use Expert Committee organized in accordance with the bylaws of the United States Pharmacopeial Convention.

Kapusnik-Uner leads the Disease Decision Support team at First DataBank and is considered a specialist in the area of pharmacoinformatics, which studies the interface of technology with the practice of pharmacy.

“We welcome Dr. Kapusik-Uner’s participation on our panel,” stated Gerald McEvoy, chairman of the advisory panel. “Her unique industry expertise from First DataBank will help us to ensure successful downstream implementation of the committee’s recommendations.”

The purpose of the Advisory Panel is to determine optimal prescription label content and format to promote safe medication use. Committee members will review factors that promote or distract from patient understanding of prescription medication instructions and create universal prescription label standards with regard to format, appearance, content and language. Panel members have been selected for their expertise in health literacy and consumer safety as it relates to safe medication use.

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