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  • Department of the Food and Drug Administration dedicated to evaluating over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Site contains detailed information on the safety and effectiveness of drugs on the market and those awaiting approval. Includes a database of FDA approved drug products.
  • Check potential interactions between two or more drugs. Use the compare drugs feature to compare how drugs within the same drug class measure up to one another. Use the side effects comparisons feature to check side effects of common drugs and see how similar drugs compare. DrugDigest is the consumer health and drug information website of Express Scripts, Inc. (ESI), the nation's largest independent pharmacy benefit manager (PBM).
  • More than 9,000 prescription and over-the-counter medications provided by the United States Pharmacopeia.
  • An important information source for patients who have trouble meeting the high cost of their drugs. This site provides information on Patient Assistance Programs offered by drug manufacturers to help patients get their medicines either for free or at a lower cost.
  • After answering a few questions to determine eligibility, this website determines which of over 250 public and private programs can provide you with free or nearly free prescription medications. This site was created and is maintained by the Partnership for Prescription Assistance, which is a non-profit organization that brings together pharmaceutical companies, doctors and health advocacy groups to provide affordable prescription drugs to those in need.
  • Created by the New York State Attorney General, this website compares prices for 150 commonly prescribed prescription drugs at various pharmacies in New York State. You can search by city, county or zip code.
  • Contains a wide range of information about the FDA and its regulation of food, drugs, medical devices, and the blood supply, as well as information about how to report problems with the products the FDA regulates.