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FDA CONSUMER HEALTH INFORMATION - Safe Use Initiative: Preventing Harm from Medicines

SILVER SPRING, Md., June 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Medicines can cure disease, relieve symptoms, and help you stay healthy. But they can also do a lot of damage if taken incorrectly, when not needed, or when prescribed inappropriately.


Studies estimate that up to 50 percent of harm from medication use could be prevented.

Learn how FDA—through its Safe Use Initiative—is collaborating with the health care community, consumer groups, state and federal agencies, and others to help prevent medication errors, misuse, and abuse.

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