Maximizing medication effectiveness
topic of February forum
Getting the most out of medications that treat mental illness will be the topic of NAMI-Western Carolina’s free education forum, Thursday, Feb. 9. The presentation begins at 6 p.m., NAMI-WC offices, upper level of 356 Biltmore Ave., Asheville.
Pharmacist Eugene Makela will address topics that include:
• Communicating with mental health care providers
• Information to gather about new medication
• Staying on meds: medication adherence
Makela, PharmD, BCPP, is Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic at the Charles VA Medical Center in Asheville. In the outpatient clinic, he evaluates patients who have mental health issues, orders laboratory tests if needed, and prescribes medications when necessary. He was trained at the University of Florida and the Medical University of South Carolina. Before coming to the VA in Asheville, he taught at West Virginia University in the Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine for 20 years.