Prescription Drug Warnings

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Reports about potentially dangerous medicines come up from time to time. How can you be sure that your medicines are safe to take? Dr. Edward Hill tells us about drug warnings in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, is the government agency that approves over-the-counter and prescription medicines. If the FDA is concerned about a medicine, it will issue a warning.

A black box warning, also called a boxed warning, is the most serious warning issued by the FDA. It is used to warn patients and doctors about serious side effects of a certain medicine.

Once a drug receives a black-box warning, its manufacturer must also create a medication guide. A medication guide is a handout about a medicines possibly serious side effects. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about what you read in a medication guide.

If you hear about one of your medicines on the news, write down as much information about the report as you can remember.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about any side effects or concerns about your medication. The benefit you are getting from the medicine may be more important than the side effect.

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