- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 20, 2002

Books

The following works are easy-to-read reference books that include information on ingredients, dosages and interactions for prescription and over-the-counter drugs:

• "Complete Guide to Prescription and Nonprescription Drugs," by Dr. H. Winter Griffith, Perigee, 2001.

• "The PDR (Physicians' Desk Reference) Family Guide to Over-the-Counter Medicine," by David N. Sifton (editor), Ballantine Books, 1998.

• "Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs," by the editors of Reader's Digest, 2001.

• "The Over-the-Counter Drug Book," by Michael B. Brodin, Pocket Books, 1996.

Agencies

• Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Md. 20857. Phone: 888/463-6332. Web site: www.fda.gov/cder. The FDA, which reviews and approves drugs that make the switch from prescription to over-the-counter, has consumer information, including a guide to medications, drugs in development, research news, interaction warnings and tips on avoiding unethical drug Web sites.

Online

• The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists has a search engine on its Web site (www.safemedication.com) for consumers to look up drugs and their interactions.

• The Consumer Healthcare Products Association, the trade association for over-the-counter medications, has a Web site (www.chpa-info.org) with news and information for consumers, merchants and drug manufacturers.

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