• Reading the Pharmacy Label on Prescription Medicines

    The purpose of the label on your prescription medicine is to provide you with crucial information about your medicine so you can take it properly. Most of the information on the label is required by state pharmacy laws. Each state may have slightly different label requirements. So labels may vary from state to state. Pharmacies may also decide to include certain information not required by state laws.

  • Possible permanent skin color changes from medicine patch

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a warning associated with the use of Daytrana (methylphenidate) patches for treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The patch can cause permanent loss of skin color mostly in the areas where the patch is worn. This loss of skin color, called chemical leukoderma, is not harmful, but it is disfiguring and may cause emotional distress.

  • Take our consumer survey! You could win a $10 gift card to Dunkin' Donuts!

    ISMP has heard from nearly 100 consumers who have reported that their physician does not provide them with a printout of their prescription (clearly marked as a copy*) when sending the prescription directly to the pharmacy electronically. In order to learn more about this situation and its impact on patient safety, ISMP is interested in hearing from more consumers about their experiences when receiving and filling electronic prescriptions.

  • 7 Simple Ways to Protect Your Child From an Accidental Poisoning

    Have you ever thought about where medicines are kept in your home through the eyes of your child? Medicines left on counters, nightstands, in purses and bags, or on the ground are easily within reach of a young child. What's more, many medicines are brightly colored and look like candy, making them appetizing to children.

  • Over-the-Counter Medicines

    Consumer Med Safety Announces the new Over-the-Counter Medicines, Tools and Resources Section

    All the information you need – and plenty of information you didn’t even know you needed - so you and your family use OTC medications with utmost safety.




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