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Q. I want to get all the written, credible medical information possible about my prescription. In the old days, the pharmacist would include printed information from the manufacturer along with the drug. That version was FDA-approved.

These days, we usually get a 1-page summary with the Rx. These are prepared by an outside service, and they are not the fine-print detailed version that I trust.

I have repeatedly asked my pharmacists for the more detailed printed form, and I've been told it's not available.

Can you tell us where we can find the FDA-vetted information? Perhaps from a library book, or on the Internet somewhere?

A. You can get the prescribing information online. Go to dailymed.nlm.nih.gov and you will find the detailed version you seek for most of the drugs now available.

People without computer access can check the Physicians' Desk Reference at their local library. It contains the same information.

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Request a package insert--comes with each container of medication, and there is no good reason why the pharmacist shouldn't give it to you. This will contain the detail you want.

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