Written by  Keith V. Trantolo

Medication errors are very dangerous. When unsafe drugs interact with other substances in our bodies, the result can be deadly. Unfortunately, FDA-approved drugs are not always free of side effects and an incorrect dosage can lead to serious complications. The following resources can protect you from taking and being negatively affected by dangerous drugs.

American Society Of Health-system Pharmacists

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is an advocate of pharmacists, researching drug therapy and providing evidence-based information. Their website has many medication use resources from reputable institutions like the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration. From state to government and global tools, ASHP provides drug guidelines, safety tips, industry news and more.

Centers for Disease Control: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

The CDC works hard to protect public health with up-to-date news on the latest diseases circulating our country. NIOSH is an extension of the CDC that focuses on workplace injury and disease prevention. In addition to general workplace safety tips, NIOSH also provides in-depth data, statistics and research on different health topics that may affect your company. Learn more about occupational safety and health.

Food and Drug Administration Drug Safety and Availability

The FDA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that works to preserve public health controlling food, tobacco products, medications and more. Even when drugs are approved by the FDA, they are not always safe. This division of the FDA website lists drug recalls, shortages, new drug warnings and safety information.

Food and Drug Administration: Medication Errors Related to Drugs

The FDA has several divisions within itself, including the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) and the Division of Medication Error Prevention and Analysis (DMEPA). The DMEPA reviews any error reports on prescription, generic and over-the-counter drugs. This program is staffed with healthcare professionals, to ensure the utmost accuracy. Be informed and view the latest updates.