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DRUGS AND DRUG ABUSE

Drug Control, Policy, Programs, Restrictions and Laws

Illicit Opioids Chart

Illicit Opioids Chart

Drugs in the News, RSS Feed (FDA)

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Drug Reactions

Most of the time, medicines make our lives better. They reduce aches and pains, fight infections, and control problems such as high blood pressure or diabetes. But medicines can also cause unwanted reactions.

 One problem is interactions, which may occur between

 •Two drugs, such as aspirin and blood thinners

 •Drugs and food, such as statins and grapefruit

 •Drugs and supplements, such as gingko and blood thinners

 •Drugs and diseases, such as aspirin and peptic ulcers

 Interactions can change the actions of one or both drugs. The drugs might not work, or you could get side effects.

 Side effects are unwanted effects caused by the drugs. Most are mild, such as a stomach aches or drowsiness, and go away after you stop taking the drug. Others can be more serious.

 Drug allergies are another type of reaction. They can be mild or life-threatening. Skin reactions, such as hives and rashes, are the most common type.

 When you start a new prescription or over-the-counter medication, make sure you understand how to take it correctly. Know which other medications and foods you need to avoid. Ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.  Source: MedlinePlus

National Drug Code Directory (FDA)

The Drug Listing Act of 1972 requires registered drug establishments to provide the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with a current list of all drugs manufactured, prepared, propagated, compounded, or processed by it for commercial distribution.  (See Section 510 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (Act) (21 U.S.C. § 360)). Drug products are identified and reported using a unique, three-segment number, called the National Drug Code (NDC), which serves as a universal product identifier for drugs. FDA publishes the listed NDC numbers and the information submitted as part of the listing information in the NDC Directory which is updated daily.

The information submitted as part of the listing process, the NDC number, and the NDC Directory are used in the implementation and enforcement of the Act. (FDA)

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