Patient Safety Tool: "Check Your Medicines" Checklist Poster

FDA and the Agency for Health Research and Quality have produced a free, downloadable poster of a checklist to help patients avoid medication errors.


The poster, titled "Check Your Medicines: Tips for Using Medicines Safely," offers the following suggested steps:

  • Bring a list or a bag with ALL your medicines when you go to your doctor's office, the pharmacy, or the hospital.
  • Ask questions about your medicines.
  • Make sure your medicine is what the doctor ordered.
  • Ask how to use the medicine correctly.
  • Ask about possible side effects.


Download the medicine safety poster (pdf) for use in your facility.


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