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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Prescription Medications

On Wednesday, the FDA issued a press release. Here are the main points of the press release:

FDA announced Wednesday that the agency intends to remove certain unapproved prescription medicines intended to relieve cough, cold, and allergy symptoms from the U.S. market.These products have not been evaluated by FDA to assure that they are safe, effective, and of good quality. These products may therefore pose unnecessary risk to consumers, especially when there are other products available for treatment of cough, cold, and allergy symptoms, including FDA-approved prescription drugs or over-the-counter drugs that follow appropriate FDA standards.

If you want to see if your medication is on the FDA approved list, check out the FDA Drug Approval List.

It's also important that you take your medication properly so that the medication will be safe and effective. I found a couple links that provide some helpful information:

Are You Taking Medication as Prescribed? (Food and Drug Administration)

Giving Medication to Children (Food and Drug Administration)

There is another important aspect of medication safety and that is how to properly dispose of unused medications. Most people have some sort of medication in their home that is unused. The FDA has a great consumer health resource that will tell you all you need to know to dispose of those medications safely. Check out this link: How to Dispose of Unused Medicines

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