Medication and the work environment

J Occup Med. 1990 Apr;32(4):310-2. doi: 10.1097/00043764-199004000-00010.


Each year in the United States physicians write more than 1.5 billion prescriptions for their patients. Considering this scope of drug ingestion it seems safe to assume that medication is taken by some people while they are at work. The therapeutic effects or adverse reactions of drugs may compromise safety in the workplace. Furthermore, the conditions of the job or work environment may adversely alter the expected pharmacokinetics of some agents.

MeSH terms

  • Drug Interactions
  • Drug Prescriptions
  • Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions*
  • Humans
  • Medication Errors
  • Occupational Medicine*
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • United States
  • United States Food and Drug Administration
  • Work*