• MassMedLine

    The MCPHS Pharmacy Outreach Program, also called MassMedLine, is a free prescription drug information and referral service for Massachusetts residents. The program is a public service project of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS).

    By calling the toll-free MassMedLine Helpline at 1-866-633-1617, or using the "Ask the Pharmacist" e-mail service, Massachusetts residents can get medication counseling, prescription drug plan referrals, and information about ways to get free or discounted drugs.

  • Medication safety

    Medicines are generally safe when used as prescribed or as their labeling describes. There are, however, risks in taking any medicine.

  • Pharmacy consumer tips

    Read consumer tips about pharmacies, pharmacists, and prescriptions.  

  • Poison Control and Prevention

    The Regional Center for Poison Control and Prevention is a not-for-profit organization that provides assistance and expertise in the medical diagnosis, management and prevention of poisonings involving the people of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

    In addition to serving the public by staffing the Poison Help Hotline 24 hours a day, seven days a week, our staff of doctors, nurses and pharmacists work to educate the public, collaborate with other professionals, and to extend the reach of our poison prevention message.

  • Poison Prevention

    The Poison Prevention Program is administered by the Injury Prevention and Control Program in partnership with the Regional Center for Poison Prevention and Control. The mission of the Regional Center for Poison Control and Prevention is to provide assistance and expertise in the medical diagnosis, management and prevention of poisonings in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In 2006, the Center managed over 60,000 poison exposure and information calls. The Center is located at Children’s Hospital, Boston, and operates a toll-free, 24-hour phone line for poisoning emergencies and information. In a poison emergency, call the Regional Center at 1-800-222-1222 (TTY: 1-888-244-5313).

  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration

    The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.

    FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines more effective, safer, and more affordable and by helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to maintain and improve their health. FDA also has responsibility for regulating the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of tobacco products to protect the public health and to reduce tobacco use by minors.

    Finally, FDA plays a significant role in the Nation’s counterterrorism capability. FDA fulfills this responsibility by ensuring the security of the food supply and by fostering development of medical products to respond to deliberate and naturally emerging public health threats.