Medication Safety

Treatment of Viral Respiratory Tract Infections

The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH)




Safety Information for Patients and Families

Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors
The Coalition's website offers valuable resources and links for taking medication safely.  It includes a guide and downloadable Med List for managing medications as well as several resources for using blood thinners safely. 

How to Take your Medication Safely

Institute for Safe Medication Practices
This one-page guide offers helpful advice on what you can do at home, in the hospital and at the pharmacy to reduce the risk of medication errors.


Help Avoid Mistakes with Your Medicines

The Joint Commission
As part of its Speak Up™ Initiative, the Joint Commission developed a downloadable brochure (available in English & Spanish) to help consumers avoid medication errors.


Your Medication: Play it Safe

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
This guide helps you learn more about how to take medicines safely by answering common questions.  It also has many handy forms that will help users keep track of information.



What You Can Do to Avoid Medication Errors

Institute of Medicine
A one-page, downloadable fact sheet that lists tips for reducing medication errors in the home, hospital and pharmacy. 


RX Drug Smarts

This website offers a wealth of information on medication safety, from general safety tips to a helpful drug interaction checker.