General Medical Resources

How the US Approves Drugs

The FDA’s Drug Review Process: Ensuring Drugs Are Safe and Effective

A simple, clear explanation of the FDA’s 12-step review process for new pharmaceuticals.

Doctor’s Office Take-Alongs

Questions Your Health Care Provider Will Welcome

MedShadow’s printable set of questions to ask about the medicines being recommended to you.

I Wish I Had Asked That!

A printable form from the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation you can take with you to a doctor or pharmacy for acquiring and keeping information about medicines you are taking.

Avoid Food-Drug Interaction

A printable take-along from the FDA that you can look at with your doctor or pharmacy when you’ve been prescribed a new medication.

How to Read Research

Clinical Trials Flawed by Biased Reporting, NYTimes, Jan. 15, 2013

Critically looking at research reports.

Komen Overstating the Benefits Mammograms, in British Medical Journal, this link to CNN (we don’t have access to BMJ), Aug. 7, 2012

By explaining the exaggerations and distortions of the Susan G. Komen campaigns, it shows how medical advertising and reporting can be distorted in many fields.

Government resources

Medline Plus: Medicines

Learn about your prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines. Includes side effects, dosage, special precautions, and more.

Medline Plus: Over-the-Counter Medicines

A resource to a plethora of Over-the-Counter drugs, and how they can help to relieve your aches and pains.

FDA Index to Drug-Specific Information

The FDA’s guide to all information related to a specific drug.

FDA Medication Guides
FDA Drug Information for Consumers

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