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Drug Safety

When it comes to prescription drug safety, you are the most important person on your healthcare team. We respect and value your voice in your healthcare – and we want to hear from you.

Physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other staff at The University of Kansas Hospital are committed to providing you the best care possible.  But only you know how you feel and how the medications your doctors prescribe affect you. 

Know your medications

Keep a written list of all your medications, the dosage, your allergies and any reactions you have to those medications. Keep it current, and keep it with you in your purse, wallet or pocket. Having this list handy can help your physician, pharmacist or emergency care provider track an allergic reaction.

Be sure to include not just your prescription drugs but your over-the counter medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, eye drops and lotions. Any of these could interact with other medications. 

Use this form to track your medications. Read the instructions.

At your doctor’s office

Our doctors want to make sure you understand the care you receive. And they want to hear your concerns and answer your questions.

Take your list of medications and your list of questions to every doctor visit so you and your doctor can review the list. And if you have new questions after your visit, call your nurse. 

The important thing is that you understand your medications and actively participate in making decisions about your healthcare.

At the pharmacy

Your pharmacist is another key member of your healthcare team. If you have questions about a prescription or a possible drug interaction, just ask.  

Pharmacies use many safeguards to verify your prescription, measure the dose, track possible interactions and dispense medications. However, if you fill your prescriptions at more than one pharmacy, you’ll want to let each pharmacist know of any medications, allergies or reactions you have to your medications. 

Before you leave the pharmacy, check your prescription, your dose – even look at your pills to see if they match previous prescriptions – and make sure your pharmacists answer all your questions.

In the hospital

During your stay at The University of Kansas Hospital, your safety is a top priority.

In addition to automated medication dispensing, barcode identification, electronic physician order entry and drug interaction safeguards, we have a dedicated committee that focuses on drug safety and searches for new ways to improve our systems. 

You play a role, too. Be sure to provide a list of your medications so your healthcare team can further ensure the medications you’re taking at home don’t interact with what is prescribed for you during your stay.

Resources 

These websites can help you learn more about drug safety. Your physician or pharmacist may also recommend other websites.

ConsumerMedSafety.org
A user-friendly, online resource that imparts knowledge about safe medication practices in ways that consumers can easily access, view, and use.

National Patient Safety Foundation 
This site provides a fact sheet with actions you can take and questions you can ask to make your healthcare safer.

Food and Drug Administration 
The FDA provides links and information on recalls and other drug information.

Mediguard 
Enter a drug name in the search field to check possible drug interactions. You can also register to receive drug safety alerts. This is especially important if you have your prescriptions filled at different pharmacies. 

More drug safety sites
Institute for Safe Medication Practices  
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  
Drug Digest 
The University of Kansas Hospital Poison Control Center