Frequently Asked Questions for Pharmacists on Medication Safety
Q: Where can I find medication safety information?
A: Patients and health care professionals can now go to a single page on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Web site to find a wide variety of safety information about prescription medications. The Web page provides links to information on drug labeling; drugs that have a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy to ensure that their benefits outweigh their risks; post-market studies of drugs’ safety, efficacy, or optimal use; clinical trials; drug-specific safety information; warning letters; and consumer articles. Establishing such a Web page is one of the requirements of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 and is among FDA's efforts to address the safe use of medications throughout their lifecycle. FDA recently launched another Web page that provides information on risks involved in using unapproved drugs. The new page has sections tailored to the interests of health care professionals, patients, and industry audiences, as well as links to general information for all audiences.