ASHP's New Consumer Web Site Praised for Content and Quality
ComputerUser.com, the online version of the award-winning computer magazine Computer User, featured a new Web site sponsored by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) as one of its "Links of the Week" beginning July 31.
Safemedication.com, which received the Web award for "its originality, content, and quality," offers comprehensive, easy-to-read information on more than 700 medications. Launched in June, the ASHP site features the MedMaster database that helps patients and caregivers find information on:
- Why particular medications are prescribed,
- How they should be used,
- Potential side effects and warning signs of adverse drug reactions,
- Special precautions and dietary instructions,
- Information on what to do if a dose is missed, and
- Storage directions.
MedMaster is based on ASHPs premier drug information resources, which are developed independently by pharmacists and other medication experts and are applied in references such as AHFS Drug Information and the Medication Teaching Manual. Safemedication.com also offers breaking health and medication news, fact sheets on disease prevention and treatment, and tips consumers can use to help prevent medication errors and antibiotic resistance.
"In developing this site, we felt strongly that consumers needed an unbiased, authoritative source to turn to when they have questions about their medications," said ASHP President Mick L. Hunt, Jr., M.S., FASHP.
ASHP is the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems. ASHP, which has a long history of medication-error prevention efforts, believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of their medications. Assisting pharmacists in fulfilling this mission is ASHPs primary objective. The Society has extensive publishing and educational programs designed to help members improve their delivery of pharmaceutical care, and is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs. The Society publishes AHFS Drug Information, a comprehensive resource widely recognized by physicians, pharmacists, dentists, nurses, and other health care professionals as the premier source of unbiased, authoritative drug information.