Medical Product Safety Information

MedWatch - your FDA gateway for clinically important safety information and reporting serious problems with human medical products

Safety Alerts for Human Medical Products (Drugs, Biologics, Medical Devices, Special Nutritionals, and Cosmetics)

MedWatch alerts provide timely new safety information on human drugs, medical devices, vaccines and other biologics, dietary supplements, and cosmetics. The alerts contain actionable information that may impact both treatment and diagnostic choices for healthcare professional and patient.

2018 Safety Alerts

Review older safety alerts, dating back to 2000, at the MedWatch Medical Product Safety Information archive.

Drug Safety-related Labeling Changes

The Drug Safety-related Labeling Changes (SrLC) database provides approved safety-related labeling changes from January 2016 forward.

Review older drug safety labeling changes at the MedWatch Medical Product Safety Information archive.

Historical MedWatch Information

  • MedWatch Archive 1996 - 2008
    This zip file is an html archive of MedWatch safety alerts and drug safety labeling change information from 1996 - 2008. Please keep in mind this is an archive of older MedWatch web pages. Certain hyperlinks, such as links to drug labels, no longer work. Please refer to Drugs@FDA for historical drug labeling.

    Download the file to your computer, and extract (or unzip) the archive using the "Use folder names" option. This will create a folder on your computer named "MedWatch-1996-2008". Open that folder and launch the file called "safety_archive.htm" to browse the archive using your default web browser.

Other FDA Safety-Related Information

DailyMed (FDA/National Library of Medicine) 

  • Comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up and download resource of medication content and labeling as found in medication package inserts

Drug Products

Medical Devices 

Biological Products

Inquiries About Specific Products or Questions Regarding Adverse Event Reporting

Product TypeE-mail InquiriesTelephone Inquiries

Drug Information Questions and Comments 


Division of Drug Information


Special Nutritional Products
(dietary supplements, infant formulas, medical foods), Cosmetics and Foods/Beverages

Food, Nutrition, and Cosmetics Questions & Answers


Medical Devices 

Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Division of Industry and Consumer Education


Vaccines, blood products, other biologics 

Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Division of Communication and Consumer Affairs, Consumer Affairs Branch, Questions and Answers 


Tobacco products 


1-877-CTP-1373 or 301-796-9200 
Veterinary Products including animal feed, pet food and drug products

Center for Veterinary Medicine Inquiries




Main FDA Information Telephone Number: 1-888-INFO-FDA (1-888-463-6332)

Access to FDA Safety Data

  • Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS)
    AERS collects information about adverse events, medication errors and product problems that occur after the administration of approved drug and therapeutic biologic products. Quarterly (noncumulative) data files since January 2004 are available for downloading on the AERS website.
  • Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)
    VAERS is a cooperative program for vaccine safety of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). VAERS collects information about adverse events that occur after the administration of U.S. licensed vaccines.
  • Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience Database (MAUDE)
    Search database information of all voluntary reports since June, 1993, user facility reports since 1991, distributor reports since 1993, and manufacturer reports since August, 1996. (MDR Data files, 1992-1996)


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