Taking several medicines at the same time increases the risk of side-effects and undesired interactions, particularly if doctors aren’t kept informed of all the different medicines their patients are taking. Interactions can trigger symptoms that are incorrectly interpreted and even treated as a new condition.
The Sanitas medicine check allows you to find out whether there are any undesired interactions between the different drugs you’re taking. Sanitas carries out the check in cooperation with Zurich University Hospital’s Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology.
A wealth of positive feedback shows that the medicine check is a highly valued tool, regardless of whether undesired interactions between medicines are found or not:
At the end of October 2014, the Sanitas medicine check was awarded an outstanding third place in the Innovationspreis der Schweizer Assekuranz (Swiss insurance innovation prize), making it the top-ranking health insurance company.
Some 180 customers have taken advantage of the innovative Sanitas medicine check since it was launched in January 2014.
The Sanitas medicine check is available free of charge if you’ve been taking five or more medicines for at least three months and have taken out one of the following products with Sanitas or Wincare:
The medicine check is available in German, French and Italian.
Thanks to better living conditions and medical progress, average life expectancy today for people in Switzerland is over 80. But it also means that people – especially the elderly – are more likely to suffer from a chronic illness such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease or depression.
Many people in this situation are on different kinds of medication because they have more than one of these conditions. Some even have to take six or more different medicines a day.
The Sanitas medicine check can really help in cases like these.