The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Medicines in My Home multimedia educational program now includes a new interactive video to provide another way consumers can learn to choose over-the-counter medicines (OTC) and use them safely.
The Medicines in My Home (MIMH) family invites you into their Interactive Home to learn the sections of the Drug Facts label. You will see the family make medicine decisions and you can practice making choices using realistic OTC medicine labels.
The MIMH program initially launched a web-based lesson for middle school students in 2006 after successfully piloting the program in 6th grade classes. Since then the program has grown to include a lesson for adults. The Teachers’ Room on the MIMH website provides all the tools and resources needed to teach a lesson to either audience. Student and consumer rooms “house” materials adolescents and adults can use on their own.
Key concepts of the program are: read the Drug Facts label to choose and use the medicine safely; children and adolescents should use medicines only if an adult has given permission; know the active ingredients in your medicines, and don’t use two medicines with the same active ingredient together; use medicine measuring tools to measure liquid medicines; and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about your medicine.
There are also materials to involve all family members in learning to use over-the-counter medicines safely and developing good medicine habits.
Look for the Medicines in My Home program and the Interactive Home video at http://www.fda.gov/medsinmyhome.