DailyMed – From the NIH’s U.S. National Library of Medicine, DailyMed is the official provider of FDA label information (package inserts), providing a standard, comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up and downloadable resource capability on medications being sold and marketed in the U.S. You can also find Medication Guides on this site (or, search directly on the FDA’s website using their Medication Guide search tool).
FDA MedWatch (for reporting side effects or drug safety issues) – This is the website for consumers, caregivers and healthcare providers to submit their online reports of suspected or confirmed adverse drug reactions (from over-the-counter or prescription drugs). If you prefer to talk with an FDA representative via phone, call 1-800-332-1088.
Pharmaceutical Drug Disposal Locations – Find locations near you that accept unwanted or expired pharmaceutical medications by searching National Association of Boards of Pharmacy’s drug disposal locator tool (or) the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s authorized collector search website.
New Safety Updates– Find out if your medication has had any recent safety risks, changes or updates by searching the FDA’s safety-related labeling changes website (note: these same changes should be accessible from the DailyMed site listed above).
Suicide Prevention Hotlines – Unfortunately, some medications have been associated with an increased risk of suicidal thoughts. So, please speak with a professional if you are feeling suicidal during or after taking any medication. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. However, if you prefer to talk with someone via text instead, contact Crisis Text Line support by texting “HOME” to 741741.
Over-the-Counter Label Medication Safety – Learn more about the important sections of over-the-counter drug labels and what those mean.
Potential Serious Safety Risks – Find out which medications are on the FDA’s list for potentially serious safety risks based on feedback they have received from consumers, healthcare providers and pharmaceutical manufacturers related to both over-the-counter and prescription drug products. The FDA reports on these potential safety risks quarterly.
Medications with Genomic Biomarkers on their Drug Labeling – According to the FDA, “Pharmacogenomics can play an important role in identifying responders and non-responders to medications, avoiding adverse events, and optimizing drug dose.” Review the list and see if your medication is listed.