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Warning: Wikipedia Drug Information Incomplete

As you may know, chiropractors do not participate in the prescribing of prescription drugs/pharmaceuticals. However, we do want to ensure our patients and the public remains educated and aware of certain drug-related news we become aware of that could be detrimental to one's health. A new study published in the December issue of The Annals of Pharmacotherapy has warned that those who rely on the website Wikipedia for drug-related information could be putting themselves in harms way. Wikipedia is a user-edited online resource many use to access information about a myriad of things including prescription medications. In this study, researchers found Wikipedia lacks many important pieces of information pertaining to prescription drugs. These range from not mentioning important drug interactions that, for instance, could cause pregnant women to miscarriage, to not mentioning certain herbs that could have devastating interactions with certain prescription medications.

Source: The Annals of Pharmacotherapy, December 2008.