Wednesday, 14 October 2015 15:03

Thank You!

Thank you for reporting your error or medication safety concern to ISMP. 


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Liquid medicines, especially those required for small children and pets, are often measured using oral syringes. Sometimes, there is a device that comes with the syringe called an adapter. This allows the oral syringe to directly attach to the bottle, eliminating the step of pouring the liquid into a cup for withdrawal by an oral syringe. Using a syringe adapter is a convenient way to accurately measure and administer liquids. However, depending on the actual product, parents should be aware they are not always childproof.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010 00:00

Registries Help Moms Measure Medication Risks

Whether it’s because of the flu or seasonal allergies, diabetes or epilepsy, pregnant women must often take prescription medication—usually while worrying about the potential impact on their developing babies.

Testosterone is a hormone in the body that is primarily responsible for the normal growth and development of male sexual and reproductive organs. It is important in maintaining bone health, energy levels, mood, and sexual desire.

Friday, 20 February 2009 00:00

FDA 101: Medication Errors

A medication error is any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or harm to a patient. Since 2000, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received more than 95,000 reports of medication errors. FDA reviews reports that come to MedWatch6, the agency’s adverse event reporting program.

“These reports are voluntary, so the number of actual medication errors is believed to be higher,” says Carol Holquist, R.Ph., Director of the Division of Medication Error Prevention and Analysis in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

FDA works with many partners to track medication errors, including the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP). “Every report received through the USP/ISMP Voluntary Medication Error Reporting Program (MERP) automatically gets sent to FDA’s MedWatch program,” says Mike Cohen, R.Ph., Sc.D., President of ISMP. “It takes a cooperative approach to monitor errors, evaluate them, and educate the public about strategies to keep errors from happening again.”

Medication errors occur for a variety of reasons. For example, miscommunication of drug orders can involve poor handwriting, confusion between drugs with similar names, poor packaging design, and confusion of metric or other dosing units.

“Medication errors usually occur because of multiple, complex factors,” says Holquist. “All parts of the health care system—including health professionals and patients—have a role to play in preventing medication errors.”

Read the entire article on the FDA website ›

 Federal regulators are warning eight companies to stop selling so called ‘chelation’ products that claim to treat a range of disorders from autism to Alzheimer’s disease.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says the companies have not proven their products are safe and effective in treating autism spectrum disorder, cardiovascular disease, macular degeneration, Parkinson’s disease or any other serious illness. Some of the companies also claim their products can detect the presence of heavy metals in the body in an attempt to justify the need for chelation therapy.

FDA compliance expert Deborah Autor says the companies are preying on people made vulnerable because of serious illness.

“These products are dangerously misleading because they are targeted to patients with serious conditions and limited treatment options,” says Autor.

Read the entire article on the FDA website ›

Friday, 18 November 2011 00:45

Tips For Measuring Liquid Medicines Safely


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Medicines that are in a liquid form can be prescribed by a doctor or purchased over- the counter(OTC). Liquid medicines are sometimes referred to as elixirs, syrups, solutions, or mixtures. They are commonly used in children or adults who have difficulty swallowing. In some cases, the drug itself is absorbed better in a liquid form, so even people who do not have difficulty swallowing might use liquid medicines.         

Friday, 18 November 2011 00:06

Anatomy of an OTC Medicine Label

otc label

A) Active Ingredients: The ingredients in the medicine that make it work in your body to relieve your symptoms or to bring about the desired effects. If taking more than one OTC medicine, the active ingredients should not be the same unless your doctor has told you to take them together.

B) Uses: The symptoms or conditions that the medicine is approved to treat.

C) Warnings:The safety instructions for when and when not to take the medicine. This includes:

  • Other medicines, foods, beverages (e.g., alcohol), and situations (e.g., driving) you shouldn't take or do while taking the medicine
  • A list of other diseases that mean you should not take the medicine
  • A list of other diseases to tell your doctor or pharmacist about before using the medicine
  • Side effects you may experience while taking the medicine
  • When you should stop taking the medicine and seek advice from your doctor
  • Whether the medicine is safe to use during pregnancy or when breastfeeding
  • Overdose warnings.


D) Directions: Exact instructions regarding how much, how often, and how long you should take the medicine.

E) Other information: Information about how to store the medicine or other important facts about the medicine not presented elsewhere on the label.

F) Inactive Ingredients: The ingredients in the medicine that do not have an effect in your body but are used to make it and give it color. (Inactive ingredients like lactose and red dye can cause effects if the person is allergic to them.)

Questions: Some labels also provide a telephone number in case you have questions about taking the medicine.

The next time you’re shopping for an OTC medicine, take time to read the label. The information presented will help you choose the most appropriate OTC drug for your needs, as well as help you use it safely.

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