Drugs & Wikipedia: A Case for Caution

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Yesterday I read a research report in the Journal of the Medical Library Association that reminded me to be cautious when using Wikipedia articles for health care information. The authors of the report are two Pharm D’s and a Pharm D candidate from Midwestern University in Chicago. They analyzed drug information on Wikipedia for 21 different medications and compared it to information from a subscription drug information database. Continue reading

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If you rely on Google or Wikipedia for drug information, you could be missing important updates on safety. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issues safety warnings when a prescription drug is found to have an adverse reaction in a particular patient population.  FDA Safety warnings are posted on the MedWatch Portal.  But these safety warnings don’t always make it to Google or Wikipedia in a timely manner.

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