What can patients do to protect themselves from unsafe drugs?

Patients can be confident that the drug they are taking has been thoroughly studied and evaluated in a series of clinical trials before the FDA approved it for the public. Nevertheless, there are some important steps patients should take to make sure their medicines are safe for them:
1) understand the side effects;
2) follow the directions on how to take the medicine;
3) monitor how the medicine makes you feel and report this to your physician;
3) only fill prescriptions from a reputable pharmacy that has a licensed pharmacist on staff;
4) avoid internet pharmacies and be aware of counterfeit drugs.

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