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An education on medication will be the topic of a brown bag lunch and learn April 5 sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University, or OLLI at Auburn. The session will be held from noon-2 p.m. in Ballroom CD at the Clarion Inn and Suites, located at 1577 South College St. in Auburn. It is open to OLLI members and their guests without charge. Guest should bring a lunch. Coffee and water are provided.

Emily Arzonico, a third-year pharmacy student in the Harrison School of Pharmacy, will present at the program. She believes pharmacists are the most underutilized health care professionals and is dedicated to seeing a rise in the use of the knowledge and services that pharmacists are able to provide. Both science lovers and the health conscious will find something of interest in the program. An introduction to pharmacists and their career field and an overview of pharmacology and the science behind medications will be the first part of the program.

The second part will focus on how to take control of patients’ individual healthcare needs. Among the topics to be discussed are common medical conditions and medications in patients 50 and older, the types of drug products that might be best for each patient, antibiotic resistance and why it matters and immunizations. An important part of the presentation is an overview of what “over-the-counter” really means and what patients should be careful of when choosing medications.

Contact Linda Shook, OLLI director, for more information at 844-5100 or olli@auburn.edu. Visit the OLLI website for more information.