Information about potential adverse interactions between medications, or between medications and foods, must be easily accessible by clinicians who may order or administer medications. Make sure the information is current and easily accessible. It is also important to make patients aware of the potential interactions between drugs and foods.
- Use a computerized ordering system that provides alerts about potential interactions when prescribers enter orders.
- Teach patients about drug and food interactions during their medication education, especially if the patients will continue taking potentially interactive drugs or foods after discharge from the hospital.