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Educational Resources: Ensuring Safe Use of Medicine

These educational resources provide information on the safe use of medicine, including the general use of medicine, driving while using medicine, and safe use of medicine for seniors. They are intended for use by educators, health care professionals, and consumers.

Most materials are available in PDF format for immediate downloading or printing. Some materials may be available in print to order at no cost. Send requests for printed materials to ocommpubs@fda.hhs.gov or call 1-888-INFO-FDA.

 

 Brochures
 
 patients and healthcare providers in a team huddle  Lab technician in a lab  Tips for Talking with Your Pharmacist brochure

Be An Active Member of Your Health Care Team.

How to become involved in your health care, manage risks, and increase the safe and effective use of your medicines; with question guide.

(Printed size 3 1/2" x 8 1/2"; 8 panel; English - text and graphic; Spanish - text only)


En Español

Sea Miembro Activo del Equipo de Cuidados de la Salud

Think It Through: A Guide to Managing the Benfits and Risks of Medicine

Benefits and risks of medicine use, how to make medicine choices and increase benefits.

(Printed size 3 ½” x 8 ½ “; 8 panel; English - graphic and text; Spanish - text only)

En Español

Piénselo Muy Bien: Una Guía Para el Control de los Beneficios y Riesgos de las Medicinas

Tips for Talking with Your Pharmacist – to learn how to use medicines safely

Tips to help you in the pharmacy to learn how to use medicine safely.

(Printed size 4" x 9"; 4 panel; English graphic and text)

 

  
    Driving When You Are Taking Medications brochure               Be An Active Member of Your Health Care Team

Driving When You Are Taking Medications.   


En Español
El Impacto de Manejar Cuando Esta Tomando Medicamentos.

  • HTML
  • PDF - 254KB                                                                         

Be An Active Member of Your Health Care Team.

How to be an active member on your health care team to manage the benefits and risks, and make medicine use safer. Expanded question guide.

(Printed size 3-1/2” x 8-1/2”; 12 pages; English and Spanish; updated version of 8-panel brochure)


En Español
Sea un miembro activo de su equipo de atención médica


     

 Medicines and You: A guide for older adults pamphlet       As You Age  Protect Yourself Against Tampering                   

Medicines and You: A guide for older adults.

Educational guide for seniors about safe and responsible medicine use. (Done in cooperation with Council on Family Health).

(Printed size 5 3/8” x 8-1/2”; 17 pages; English and Spanish)


En Español
Los medicamentos y usted: Guía para adultos de más edad.

As You Age…A Guide to Aging, Medicines, and Alcohol

Steps to take, signs of problems, how to talk with health care professionals.  Easy chart to record your prescription and over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements.

(Printed size 4” x 9”; English) 

  • HTML
  • PDF (available on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA - website).

Protect Yourself Against Tampering.                            

("Slim Jim," printed size 4" x 9"; 2-sided; English.)


cover of booklet - title with food and pills  Drug Interactions: What You Should Know

Avoid Food-Drug Interactions

34 page booklet; provides information on interactions between some common prescription and over-the-counter medicines with food, caffeine, and alcohol. (Done in cooperation with the National Consumers League.)

Drug Interactions: What You Should Know.     

 Discusses the precautions that need to be used when taking more than one over-the-counter medicine.

(Printed size 4" x 9"; 10 panel; English and Spanish)

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  • PDF - 65KB                                                 
                                                                            

   

 Articles

Be an active member of your health care team - print article

Think it through - print article

Be An Active Member Of Your Health Care Team. 


How to be more active in your health care to make medicine use safer and more effective. 

(Printed size 4.5" x 7.75"; black and white; English)

Think It Through” To Manage The Benefits And Risks Of All Medicines.

Benefits and risks of medicine and how to make medicine use safer and more effective.

(Printed size 4.25" x 7"; black and white; English)



  
 Print Public Service Announcements
(Printed sizes vary; English. Other sizes available upon request.)
 

Be An Active Member of Your Health Care Team PSA  You have a hand in your health brochure              You have a hand in your health brochure (brown colors)

Be An Active Member of Your Health Care Team. 

You have a hand in your health with the safe and effective use of medicines. 

Blue version

Brown version

 

Think it through public service announcment check your medicines - public service announcement (less text)      check your medicines public service announcement (more text)                                     

Think It Through: Managing the Benefits and
Risks of
Medicines.

Check Your Medicines-Tips for Using Medicines Safely 

less text

more text

  

Information, your best medicine - public service announcement                                      What are you adding to the mix? (public service announcement)                                   When Using Medicine, two rights sometimes make a wrong public service announcement - assorted pills

Information: Your best medicine.

What Are You Adding to the Mix?

When using medicine, sometimes two rights make a wrong.

 

Balance the Benefits and risks of using medicine - public service announcement - man balancing on large pill                         As you age . . .print public service announcement    As you age - ask, guard, educate - public service announcement

Balance the benefits and risks of using medicine.                              

  • HTML
  • PDF - 979KB                                          

As you age... there’s no better time to learn more about how to take medications the right way

This print public service announcement, available on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website in PDF format, warns older Americans of the dangers of mixing certain prescription drugs or prescription medications and alcohol.

As you age…Ask, Guard, Educate

This print public service announcement, available on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website in PDF format, warns older Americans of the dangers of mixing certain prescription drugs or prescription medications and alcohol.

 

    

 Follow the prescription - print public service announcement                Do the right dose - print public service announcement

 Stop, Learn, Go (public service announcement) - traffic light                              

Follow the prescription - Do the Right Dose

This link will take you to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website. Here you will find 2 different print public service announcements in PDF format from the “As You Age…” campaign. They encourage older adults to follow their doctors’ directions when using prescription pain relievers.

Stop — Learn — Go — to Buying and Using Medicine Safely.             

 

 

 Driving? Check the Medicine Label (public service announcement) - label circled in red image of public service announcement - fingers holding a pill

Driving? Check the Medicine Label to Make Sure You're Able.

Driving? Check ALL of Your Medicine Labels BEFORE You Hit the  Road.

 


 Internet Public Service Announcement Banners

(Sizes vary; English and Spanish; can be used on websites and linked to the pertinent Web pages. Other sizes may be available upon request.)
 

4 people in a team huddle        Sea un miembro activo de su equipo de atención médica - 4 people in a team huddle    5 elderly people with title "Using Medicine as you Age"

Be An Active Member of Your Health Care Team

  • GIF (140 x 140 pixels)


FDA suggests that the banner graphic link to Ensuring Safe Use of Medicine.

 

Sea un miembro activo de su equipo de atención médica

En Español

  • GIF (140 x 140 pixels)


FDA suggests that the banner graphic link to Publicaciones en Español de la Administración de Drogas y Alimentos de los Estados Unidos, FDA’s Spanish Language Publications Web page.

Using Medicine As You Age ... 

  • JPG (142 x 142 pixels)


FDA suggests that the banner graphic link to Ensuring Safe Use of Medicine.

 

sample Drug Facts label circled in red with title: "driving? check the medicine label to make sure you

traffic light with words Stop, Learn, Go

my medicine record (psa) poster

Driving? Before You Hit the Road, Check the Medicine Label to Make Sure You're Able.

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FDA suggests that the banner graphic link to the Driving When You Are Taking Medications brochure.

Stop — Learn — Go — to www.fda.gov/usemedicinesafely.

  • JPG (190 x 110 pixels)
  • JPG (190 x 308 pixels)

FDA suggests that the banner graphic link to Ensuring Safe Use of Medicine.

Use Medicines? Use FDA's Medicine Record.

  • JPG (140 x 140 pixels)


FDA suggests that the banner graphic link to My Medicine Record.

    

 In-Store, Radio, and Television Public Service Announcements
 

  • In-Store Broadcast Announcment 

Title

Voice

 Run  Time

Transcript  

Picking up your prescription medicine today? (MP3 - 419KB)

Male

 00:00:35  

PDF - 20KB 

Picking up your prescription medicine today? (MP3 - 428KB)

Female

 00:00:32

PDF - 29KB

 

  • Radio and Television Public Service Announcements
    • As You Age...A Guide to Aging, Medicines, and Alcohol. This link will take you to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website. Here you will find 6 different radio public service announcements (2 each 15, 20 and 30 second ads) and three different television public service announcements to inform older adults about the dangers of prescription drug misuse.
    • As You Age...Do the Right Dose. This link will take you to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website. Here you will find 2 different radio public service announcements (a 20 and a 30 second ad) and 2 television public service announcements (a 30 and a 15 second ad) to encourage older adults to "Do The Right Dose" when using prescription pain relievers.


 

 Slide Show Presentations

 

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Additional Resources

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