Prescription Drug Safety Information

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PHARMACIES
Pharmacies are required to provide a warning sheet for every drug given to customers. The warning sheets provide information on the safe use of a prescribed drug, warnings about potential side effects, and other safety information. Patients should read these sheets before taking the prescription and call the pharmacist or doctor with any questions.

PHYSICIAN DESK REFERENCE
Information about prescription drugs can be found in the Physicians Desk Reference, a reference book used by doctors and pharmacists. This reference tool is available at any library. An online version is available to the public for a membership fee.

MEDLINE PLUS
Consumers can also find safety information on prescription medications on the internet at the National Library of Medicine website,
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginformation.html.

U.S. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION
Consumers can find safety information on prescription medications by calling the FDA’s information line, 888-INFO-FDA or by searching on the FDA website, http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/default.htm#Drug%20Safety.

HOW TO FIND PROVIDERS IN CONNECTICUT’S COMMUNITY RESOURCES DATABASE:
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Consumer Safety Standards.

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SOURCES: Medline Plus; U.S. Food and Drug Administration
PREPARED BY: 211/rj
CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: July2017