Just a handful of drugs are considered high-alert medicines. These medicines have been proven to be safe and effective when taken properly. But they can cause injury or death if a mistake happens while taking them. This means that it is vitally important for you to know about this medicine and take it exactly as intended.
During a study on medication safety in community pharmacies, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) identified which medications should be included on this list of high-alert medications. For some of these medications, the Institute created safety pamphlets for consumers. By clicking on the medications listed below, you can access these pamphlets, which can help keep you safe while taking these medications.
The leaflets are FREELY available for download and can be reproduced for free distribution to consumers.
Learning Guides (also available in Spanish)
- Lovenox (enoxaparin) En Español
- Fentanyl (Duragesic) En Español
- Methotrexate (Rheumatres,Trexal) En Español
- Hydrocodone with acetaminophen (Vicodin, Lorcet) En Español
- Oxycodone with acetaminophen (Percocet, Roxicet) En Español
- Humalog (insulin lispro) En Español
- NovoLog (insulin aspart) En Español
- Lantus (insulin glargine) En Español
- Apidra (insulin glulisine) En Español
- Levemir (insulin detemir) En Español