Medication Safety

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Reports about potentially dangerous medicines seem to always be in the news. All of this information can be confusing and overwhelming. How can you be sure that your medicines are safe to take? Dr. Edward Hill discusses medication safety in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves over-the-counter and prescription medicines. A medicine has to be tested for many years before it can be sold.

Even after a medicine has been approved, the FDA continues to make sure that it is safe. If the FDA is concerned about a medicine, it will issue a warning. In some cases the FDA will decide that the medicine can no longer be sold.

A black box warning indicates the FDA is looking into a possible side effect. A medication guide is a handout that your pharmacist will give you if your medicine might cause serious side effects. Most medicines with black box warnings have a medication guide.

If you hear a report about one of your medications, write down as much information about the report as you can remember. Talk to your doctor as soon as possible. Dont stop taking your medicine unless your doctor tells you to.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.