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Last Updated
October 23, 2014
FOR MEDICINE USERS > Tools for Consumers

The following resources cover medicine issues that represent a majority of inquiries to NCPIE. Click on the underlined text below to go directly to the resource listed. (Many sources are external websites; most are from the federal government.)


How To Talk About Prescriptions
Information About Specific Medicines
Wise Use of Non-Prescription Medicines
Wise Use of Dietary and Herbal Supplements
Purchasing Medicines on the Internet
Flu and Immunizations
Using Antibiotics Appropriately
Prescription Assistance Programs
Generic Drugs
Reducing Medication Errors
Safe Storage and Disposal of Medication - New
"Make Notes & Take Notes" to Avoid Medication Errors (Color | Black & White)

How To Talk About Prescriptions

“How to Talk” from NCPIE
“Your Role on the Medicine Education Team” from NCPIE
“Your Medicine Information: Read It and Heed It”
“How to be Drug Smart” from AARP
From the American Pharmacists Association

Information about Specific Medicines
http://www.medlineplus.gov/ (Click on "Drug Information")
http://www.fda.gov/cder/consumerinfo/default.htm (for prescription medicines approved since 1998)
http://www.safemedication.com

Wise Use of Non-Prescription Medicines

From NCPIE, see: http://www.bemedwise.org/
From the American Pharmacists Association
From the Consumer Healthcare Products Association

Wise Use of Dietary and Herbal Supplements

From the FDA
"Tips for the Savvy Supplement User"
http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/supplmnt.html
http://www.foodsafety.gov/~fsg/dietsupp.html

Purchasing Medicines on the Internet

Introduction from NCPIE
From the FDA
Reporting Questionable Internet Pharmacy Sites
   1. See http://www.fda.gov/oc/buyonline/buyonlineform.htm
   2. Send an e-mail to: webcomplaints@ora.fda.gov
From the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (Click on "Internet Pharmacy")
Dispensing and Purchasing Controlled Substances Over the Internet

Flu and Immunizations

Hotlines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control:
   1. English: 1-800-232-2522
   2. Spanish: 1-800-232-0233
Also from the CDC:
   1. "What Everyone Should Know About Flu and Flu Vaccine"
   2. Flu Gallery of Patient Education Materials
From the American Pharmacists Association

Using Antibiotics Appropriately

The CDC's "Get Smart - Know When Antibiotics Work" Campaign
Also from the federal government:
   1. http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/op/antibiotics.htm
   2. http://www.fda.gov/cder/consumerinfo/antibiot-resist-brochure.htm

Prescription Assistance Programs

Understanding Prescription Assistance Programs

Generic Drugs

From the Food and Drug Administration
From the Department of Health and Human Services
Frequently Asked Questions

Reducing Medication Errors

JCAHO Speak Up - Medication Mistakes

Safe Storage and Disposal of Medication

The American Medicine Chest Challenge
Federal Guidelines: Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs
Safe Medication Disposal for Maine (ME)
NCPIE Tips on Safe Storage & Disposal
Regional Excess Medication Disposal Service (RxMEDS), St. Louis, MO