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Prescription Drug Safety - for health care consumers

Following resources can assist you with understanding how to best manage your medications.

Be Medwise Information about the proper use of medicines, to support safe and appropriate selection and use of over-the counter (nonprescription) medicines.

Coumadin patient education video A systematic patient education video with interactive questions for patients new to Coumadin. Includes segments on benefits, risks, protimetest, controlling protime, and when to call the doctor.

Educate Before You Medicate Better understand appropriate use of prescription medicines. Find resources on the National Council on Patient Information and Education on topics including:

  • How to talk about prescriptions
  • Wise-use of non-prescription medicines
  • Purchasing medicines on the Internet

Medication Use Safety Training for Seniors (MUST for Seniors) Information for older adults and caregivers to support safe and appropriate use of medicines for older Americans.

Medicine Safety—A Toolkit for Families Help protect yourself and your loved ones with practical information about:

  • Avoiding medication misuse
  • Getting the facts about your family’s medicines
  • Keeping a family medical record
  • Tips for safe medicine use in children and older adults and during pregnancy
  • Questions to ask your health team

Prescription Drug Safety Definition List Definitions for acronyms related to drug safety.

Tips for Taking Medicines Safely A checklist with questions that patients can ask their doctors about taking the the right medicine in the right way at the right time. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

As part of a contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Stratis Health offers quality improvement assistance to health care providers to decrease the rates of drug on drug interactions and potentially inappropriate medications prescribed in the elderly. Information, tools, resources, and guidance on quality improvement methods is offered to Medicare providers (including hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, home health agencies), practitioners, Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plans, and Prescription Drug Plans. More >