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Please consult a licensed health care professional with questions or concerns about your medication and/or condition.

Last Updated
March 8, 2017
As a coalition dedicated to improving communication about the safe, appropriate use of medicines, the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) wants to be your one-stop resource.

This section of our website provides direct links to timely, authoritative guidelines, tips and resources to help you use medicines safely and appropriately. These links may take you elsewhere within this site, or directly to a coalition member's website, or to one of an organization not affiliated with NCPIE.

We know that taking medicines safely involves asking questions and getting answers quickly. With today's risk of bioterrorism a reality in many U.S. communities, seeking and sharing information about medicine-taking, and talking with your health care professionals before starting any new medicine, are healthy behaviors that will give us peace of mind.

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For All Consumers
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Library of Medicine
Office of the U.S. Surgeon General
"Safeguarding Your Medicines in Times of Crisis"
New England Journal of Medicine

For Parents
Message from the Centers for Disease Control

For Women
Message from the Society for Women's Health Research

Antibiotics: Appropriate Use (Including Cipro)
Message from NCPIE
Messages from the Food and Drug Administration
Message from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Dietary Supplements and Herbal Medicines
Message from NCPIE
Message from the FDA
Message from the National Institutes of Health 
From the Society for Womenís Health Research
Flu and Immunizations
Message from the Centers for Disease Control
Message from the American Pharmaceutical Association
How To Talk About Prescriptions
Message from NCPIE 
Message from AARP NEW!
From the Society for Womenís Health Research 

On-Line Purchasing of Prescription Medicines
Message from NCPIE
Message from the FDA
Prescription Medicine Abuse & Addiction
Message from the National Institute on Drug Abuse
Questions to Ask About Prescriptions
Questions to Ask Before Leaving the Doctor's Office
Questions to Ask at the Pharmacy 
From the Society for Womenís Health Research
Resources for Information About Your Specific Medicines