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Wynne Armand, MD, Contributor

Dr. Wynne Armand is an associate physician at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), where she provides primary care; an assistant professor in medicine at Harvard Medical School; and associate director for MGH Center for the Environment and … See Full Bio
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April 22, 2021

“Bring all your prescription and over-the-counter medications to your appointments, and periodically review them with your primary care doctor. ” I’m fortunate, so far, I have only two prescription medications, both topical. Took both of them to my last appointment w/my PCP. Guess what? Still present on my list of medications (online, etc) is another medication that I told the PCP I had, as far as I knew, never been prescribed, didn’t know what it was for and had never filled a prescription for a medication by that name.

Sometimes, it seems it doesn’t matter what a patient does, if whoever’s entering the data messed up. Just like it took 2 tries to get the clinic not to lose (but scan in properly) the report of a colonoscopy that I first mailed and then hand delivered.

it’s too bad that more & more of the work of maintaining an accurate patient file seems to rest on the patient. What if they’re ill, elderly, mentally impaired in any way? Oh well, too bad they should be able to afford an advocate or have a family member or close friend who can make sure their patient file is accurate because no one at the clinic or hospital has the time to do it?

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