Author | Carol Holquist, RPh, USPHS


FDA Safety Page: Helping patients understand OTC labeling

April 02, 2007

The FDA recommends that you counsel patients on the importance of reading product labels carefully to determine the active ingredients and dosing instructions of each product and to discourage them from making assumptions about use based on product names or appearance. The use of similar trade names (so-called "brand-name families") is common practice for OTC products. The products with the trade names "Sudafed" and "Sudafed PE" illustrate specific concerns.

FDA safety page: Drug errors associated with Maalox

January 08, 2007

Maalox is a well-recognized brand name that healthcare professionals associate with nonprescription or OTC antacid drug products containing the active ingredients aluminum hydroxide, magnesium hydroxide, and simethicone. However, the Food & Drug Administration wants to alert healthcare professionals that Maalox Total Stomach Relief (an OTC upset stomach reliever/antidiarrheal drug product) contains the active ingredient bismuth subsalicylate.

FDA Safety Page: Metadate ER or Metadate CD?

October 11, 2004

Problem: The Food & Drug Administration would like to alert healthcare providers to medication errors involving confusion between Metadate ER and Metadate CD. Practitioners should be cautious when