Don’t use Wikipedia for drug information

Doing so may put your health at risk.

A study showed that many drug entries omitted important side effects and drug reactions. When compared with the Medscape Drug Reference – which is also free, but it’s peer-reviewed – the study found that it answered upwards of 80 percent of the researcher’s questions, versus only 40 percent for Wikipedia.

Most of the issues were errors of omission, as opposed to factual errors.

When it comes to medications, that can be just as significant.

topics: wikipedia, drugs