Drug Induced Injury

How to Protect Your Family from Drug Induced Injury

15 Oct: How to Protect Your Family from Drug Induced Injury

The wrong drug can lead to a serious drug induced injury for yourself or someone in your family. For this reason, it’s important to have open communication with your doctor and pharmacist. It’s also a good idea to investigate the drugs yourself, and if you find unsettling information, speak to a doctor or pharmacist about it immediately. FDA Approval As a rule of thumb, the best way to avoid a drug induced injury is not to use any drug until seven years after FDA approval. Consider that nearly 20 percent of FDA-approved drugs are removed from the market after approval and given a black-box warning, which indicates the potential for serious harm. Beware of Pharmacy Distributed PILs Patient information leaflets…

How to Check Prescription Drug Interactions

28 Feb: How to Check Prescription Drug Interactions

  When taking any type of medication, it is important to pay careful attention to its potential for drug interactions. Today, many people take a combination of prescription and over-the-counter medications to treat a variety of illnesses. While these medications are helpful for treating many different symptoms, it is essential to stay on guard for potential problems such as an allergic reaction or dangerous drug interaction that can lead to life-threatening symptoms in the patients who take the wrong medications together. Here, are the best tips for those who need to know how to check prescription drug interactions. Gather All Medications The first step to knowing how to check prescription drug interactions is to gather all of the medications that…

18 Jul: How to reduce medication errors

A Purdue University expert reports that more than 1.5 million Americans a year experience preventable drug-induced injuries. Many of these medication mistakes are caused by adverse drug reactions when a patient is given the wrong combination of drugs. Watch this informative video from Craig Svensson, dean of Purdue’s College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Sciences, explaining why medication errors are so common and offering solutions on how to reduce medication errors.

23 Jun: Drug-interaction risk is real; don’t ignore it

Unfortunately, when we are contemplating taking a new prescription medication, too many of us don’t think about possible harmful interactions with the other drugs we’re taking. We treat the risk like all the fast-paced warnings at the end of pharmaceutical commercials — we ignore them. That’s dangerous — and in a world where many of us don’t have long-term relationships with a single doctor or pharmacy, it’s becoming all too common for us to fall into drug regimens where the individual medications either counter each other’s effects or create unexpected, and sometimes even deadly, side effects. That’s why Health 2.0 sites like DoubleCheckMD and PharmaSurveyor are so valuable; they allow you to enter medications and research possible interactions yourself. If…