With thousands of prescription drugs available today, protecting yourself and your family from medication errors should be a main priority. Consumers need to educate themselves on prescription and over-the-counter drugs and take an assertive role in managing their medications. Unlike other drug references, the CDR relies solely on medical experts for its facts, not drug manufacturers’ package inserts.The new 2009 edition of Consumer Drug Reference (CDR) will assist consumers on questions they have regarding their medications. Am I taking the right dosage? Does it conflict with other medications?·Unbiased, authoritative information on more than 12,000 medications; including vitamins, minerals and the newest drugs ·Full color identification chart of pills and tablets·Drug precautions (including a pregnancy precaution listing) and side effects you should know before using·Correct dosage and information on missed dosage·General information about the use of medicine·Information on Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs, a public education initiative that provides free guidance about prescription medication·A “Guide to Over-the Counter (OTC) Medicines” for information on how to choose and safely use many non-prescription products ·Brand name and generic name listings·Free website link for updated safety alerts and new and additional drug listingsThe CONSUMER DRUG REFERENCE is published by Consumer Reports in conjunction with American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Both organizations are independent and non-profit. ASHP is the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems.