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The mishandling of medication that can lead to contamination and cause injury or illness to the consumer

Board of Pharmacy

State board that regulates pharmaceutical practice

Controlled substance

Any substance that is similar to the structures of drugs in schedule I or II, primarily stimulants, depressants, and hallucinogens

Drug Enfourcement Administration

Federal agency within the Department of Justice that enforces laws against the misuse of controlled substances

Drug Facts and Comparisons

Reference book found in all pharmacies containing detailed information on all medications

Food and Drug Administration

Federal agency within the Department of Health and Human Services that regulates the manufacture and safeguarding of medications

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996

Federal act for protecting patients' rights

Legend drug

Drug that requires a prescription for dispensing


Deceptive or misleading labeling of a product that may lead the consumer to believe that the product will cure an illness


Medication information sheet provided by the manufacturer that includes side effects, dosage forms, indications, and other important information


A drug (such as opium) that in moderate doses dulls the senses, relieves pain, and induces profound sleep but in excessive doses causes stupor, coma, or convulsions. This may include drugs such as marijuana or LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide). Opium, opiates (derivatives of opium), and opioids are included.

Over-the-counter medication

Medication that can be purchased without a prescription; nonlegend medications

Pharmacy Technician Certification Board

National board for the certification of pharmacy technicians

Physician's Desk Reference

Reference book of medications

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