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SafeMedication.com Editor's Pick

SafeMedication site gives ability to search information on specific drugs, and check drug interactions. Site by ASHP (formerly the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists).

Drug-Specific Warning and Safety Alert Index (FDA)

Check the patient information sheets on a large number of common drugs – including prescription drugs and over-the-counter. See if there are any Food & Drug Administration (FDA) safety alerts or warnings on the drugs you may be taking

Food and Drug Administration Home Page

The FDA regulates drugs, dietary supplements, medical devices, vaccines, and more. Example of news: drug shortages, new drug approvals, medical device recalls, disposing unused medicines, opioid medications. See consumer section on Radiation-Emitting products to learn about x-rays, CT scans and MRIs.

Generic Equivalents: FDA’s Electronic Orange Book (interactive)

Check this site to see if there is a generic (therapeutic equivalent) available for a specific prescription drug. It is easy to use. Put in the brand name drug and find the active ingredient that a generic drug would be called. Then talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Constantly updated

Guide to Home Safety for Seniors (pdf)

The Safe Living Guide is an easy to read and practical guide to making one’s home safe from injury. Topics include preventing falls in the home (a major problem in the US and Canada), medication safety, and indoor/outdoor checklists, such as examining how you reach your mailbox. Very thoughtful guide by the Public Health Agency of Canada, Division of Aging and Seniors, revised 2016

Medicare Prescription Drug Plans – Learn how they work (Medicare.gov)

Medicare’s help line for selecting a prescription drug plan (Medicare Part D) is 1-800-633-4227 (1-800-MEDICARE), or click on how to get drug coverage

Medicines (MedlinePlus)

Topics include drug interactions, medicine and alcohol, side effects, generic drugs, biosimilars, off-label uses, herbal supplements, how to dispose of unused medications, medicine safety, and National Take-Back Day

New Drugs, Drug Information – APhA DrugInfoLine

Brief, quick overview of new drugs and detailed information on specific drugs. Site by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the largest professional association of pharmacists in the US. Product alerts, withdrawals and recalls also listed at this site. Updated 2019

Over-the-Counter Medicines (MedlinePlus)

Read about pain relievers, antihistamines, decongestants, cough medicines, cold meds and more. Find out what adults and children should know about using over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. Generic drugs are also explained in this MedlinePlus website.

Prescription Drug Abuse – Kids Editor's Pick

Excellent videos and practical advice for parents who want to prevent problems of kids – teenagers and children – misusing prescription drugs. A growing problem addressed by the nonprofit organization Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

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Atypical Antipsychotic Medications: Use in Adults

CMS identified issues with using atypical antipsychotic drugs. This fact sheet summarizes FDA-approved product labels for using atypical antipsychotic medications in adults. Such medications include aripiprazole (Abilify), olanzapine, risperidone, clozapine and more. Fact sheet also links to treatment guidelines for these meds in adults. Published October 2015

Guides on Health Problems involving Illegal Activity

Seventy four (74) guides from the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing designed to reduce the harm caused by specific crime problems. Includes guides related to gangs, bullying, bomb threats, drug dealing, underage drinking, people with mental illness, child pornography, prostitution, pharmacy robberies, prescription fraud, acquaintance rape, exploitation of trafficked women, drive by shootings, domestic violence and more. Guides are referred to as problem-specific guides

Pharmaceutical Companies – Code of Ethics (pdf)

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) updated its voluntary Code on Interactions with Health Professionals, effective in January 2009. It has not been updated in the last 10 years. The revised code eliminates free mugs and pens from drug companies and drug reps, and limits meals to some degree; 36 pp.

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