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Medication Errors

Avoiding Drug Interactions

The three main types of drug interactions include drugs with food and beverages, drugs with dietary supplements, and drugs with other drugs. This document provides tips on how to avoid harmful drug interactions. Also available in video.

Review Date: March 13, 2013

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Brochure on Safe Medication Use- (PDF)

While medications can help keep you healthy, they also can cause serious problems when used incorrectly. A large percentage of adults are taking too many medications, not taking their medications properly, or both. Discover how your local pharmacists can help you take your medications safely.

Review Date: January 27, 2012

Institute for Safe Medication Practices

DrugDigest

Learn about drugs, vitamins, and herbs, and how the drugs you take compare with others. Check interactions between two or more drugs and get detailed information regarding potentially harmful drug interactions.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

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Expiration Dates Matter (Video)

If your medicine has expired, it may not provide the treatment you need. This FDA video explains how expiration dates help determine if medicine is safe to use and will work as intended.

Review Date: June 29, 2011

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Got a Sick Kid? Don’t Guess. Read the Label.

When it comes to taking medicines, kids aren’t just small adults. When using nonprescription medicines, here are 10 ways to be sure you’re giving your children the right medicine and the right amount.

Review Date: July 18, 2011

Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

ISMP's List of Confused Drug Names- (PDF)

Use this list to determine which medicines require special safeguards to reduce the risk of errors. To reduce the possibility of taking the wrong medicine, check brand vs. generic names and find out the purpose for which the medication is being prescribed.

Review Date: January 27, 2012

Institute for Safe Medication Practices

Make Notes & Take Notes to Avoid Medication Errors- (PDF)

Before, during and after a visit with your doctor, this sheet will provide steps to help you avoid making medication errors.

Review Date: March 12, 2013

National Council on Patient Information and Education

Medication Errors

Find a list of drug products associated with medication errors, including prescription drugs, generic drugs, and over-the-counter drugs, plus nonvaccine biological products and devices. Learn about medication error reports and how to report an error.

Review Date: December 20, 2012

Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

My Medicine Record- (PDF)

Use this handy form to keep track of all your medicines - their names, descriptions, dosages, directions, prescribers, start and stop dates, and more.

Review Date: February 24, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

OTC Drug Facts Label

Patterned after the Nutrition Facts food label, the new Drug Facts label uses simple language and an easy-to-read format to help people compare and select OTC medicines and follow dosage instructions.

Review Date: November 06, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Ten Tips to Prevent an Accidental Overdose

For a medicine to work for you—and not against you—you’ve got to take the right dose. Learn how to to avoid giving too much or too little of an over-the-counter medicine.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

U.S. Food and Drug Administration