Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines are used to treat a variety of conditions, from headaches to stomachaches. These medicines are easily accessible because you do not need a prescription from a doctor to purchase them. Therefore, OTC medicines are an appealing treatment option.

January 2020

​​Why is it important for pharmacy staff to ask for your birthdate, address, or other identification every time you pick up a filled prescription? It is a way to help make sure that medicines are handed to the right person.

August 2019

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) receives more than 100,000 U.S. reports each year associated with a suspected medication error.

August 2017

Most patients who are prescribed opioids after surgery don't take all of the prescribed pills, leaving leftover opioids that could be used inappropriately, a new review of studies finds.

Non-health care facility medication errors resulting in serious medical outcomes.

July  2017 

Every minute of every day, three Americans call a poison control center because they've made a major mistake with their medication.

June ​2017

AMERICANS OVER 50 are using narcotic pain pills in surprisingly high numbers, and many are becoming addicted. While media attention has focused on younger people buying illegal opioids on the black market, dependence can also start with a legitimate prescription from a doctor: A well-meant treatment for knee surgery or chronic back troubles is often the path to a deadly outcome.

​March 2017

Teenagers who abuse opioid drugs, in most cases began when they received the medication from their doctor. Studies show that teens start taking drugs for medical reasons and then continue when they are no longer needed.

March 29, 2017

WHO today launched a global initiative to reduce severe, avoidable medication-associated harm in all countries by 50% over the next 5 years.

The Global Patient Safety Challenge on Medication Safety aims to address the weaknesses in health systems that lead to medication errors and the severe harm that results. It lays out ways to improve the way medicines are prescribed, distributed and consumed, and increase awareness among patients about the risks associated with the improper use of medication.


Objective: The objective of this study is to provide an epidemiologic analysis of medication errors occurring outside of health care facilities that result in serious medical outcomes (defined by the National Poison Database System as “moderate effect,” “major effect,” “death,” or “death, indirect report”).

September 2016

Americans are  taking more medications than ever before.
Nearly 60 to 70 percent of us take at least one prescribed drug, depending upon the estimate; for many it amounts to a fistful, potpourri of pills per day. Meanwhile, new drug approvals have reached a 19-year high.

July 2016

There were approximately 22,000 ED visits by pediatric patients for opioid poisoning from 2006–2012. Fortunately, very few of these patients died or required mechanical ventilation. Unsurprisingly, more visits in the younger age group were unintentional while the majority of visits in the adolescent age group were intentional.

December 2015

From 2000 to 2014 nearly half a million Americans died from drug overdoses. Opioid overdose deaths, including both opioid pain relievers and heroin, hit record levels in 2014, with an alarming 14 percent increase in just one year.

October 2015

Although it is not uncommon for pediatric patients to be prescribed opioids to treat certain types of moderate to severe pain, new research suggests these patients may be prescribed more opioids than necessary following surgery. A study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2015 annual meeting found nearly 60 percent of opioids dispensed to pediatric patients following surgery remained unused, which could lead to the unused medication being abused by other adolescents in the household.

April 2010

Between 2005 and 2007, medical errors cost Medicare more than $6.9 billion and were responsible for more than 92,000 potentially preventable in-hospital deaths among the plan’s beneficiaries.1 Of all medical errors, medication administration mistakes have ranked among the most common, harming at least 1.5 million people every year, according to a 2006 report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IMNA).