Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Consumer Health Information from the FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the government agency responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of drugs, medical devices, food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.

The FDA's consumer health website provides a wealth of useful information.  Check out the following:
  • Consumer Updates
  • Timely and easy-to-read articles covering all FDA activities and regulated products
  • Free Print Publications
  • In addition to offering consumer materials online, the Food and Drug Administration will mail or fax brochures, articles, and other print publications at no cost. They also provide many downloadable, printer-friendly documents.
  • Multi-Media Consumer Information
  • Videos, photo slide shows, podcasts and audio
You can find the FDA website on the UCSF Patient Health Library's Health Information Websites page along with many other health information resources.

Need more help? Contact the Patient Health Librarian by email, telephone, or in person.