U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Free Publications for Consumers

Print Publications

Print publications available for ordering, as well as selected Internet publications. Publications are listed alphabetically.

FDA Consumer Health Information

Timely and easy-to-read articles on product approvals, safety warnings, and other health information. Articles cover all FDA-regulated products, including drugs, medical devices, vaccines, blood, food, dietary supplements, and cosmetics

Maturity Health Matters

An online newsletter about FDA-regulated products for older adults, their families and caregivers.

FDA & You

A newsletter about medical products for teens, parents and educators.

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FDA History

Articles by FDA historians and other experts on topics of historical interest.

Quick Information for Your Health

Health brochures in both English and Spanish. Some titles are available as printable PDFs and as printed brochures for ordering.


Short general information pieces on FDA topics of interest to consumers, ranging from alpha hydroxy acids to olestra.

FDA Initiatives & Responsibilities

Fact sheets describing FDA's functions and regulatory capabilities. Available in PDF for printing.

General Information About FDA

Buying and Using Drug Products

General information about prescription, generic, and over-the-counter drug products. Topics include:

  • antibiotics
  • counterfeit drugs
  • misuse of pain relievers

Prescription Drug Sheets

Consumer-friendly versions of the technical patient inserts that you get with prescription drugs. Includes information for prescription drugs approved since 1998.

Food Safety, Nutrition, & Cosmetics

Consumer advice and publications.

Animal Issues

Fact sheets on all-things animal, from pet care to use of animals in product testing.

Ordering Publications

Publications that have publication numbers may be ordered. See how to order. Additional information about ordering may also be located on the individual publications.

Some publications are only available online and may be available as printable PDFs.

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Information for Women

Spanish Publications

All Foreign Language Publications

FDA documents translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish

FDA Manuals, Regulatory Publications, and Reports

Manuals, references, industry guidance, and other publications of an agency-wide nature.

PDF filePDF documents may be read with a free copy of the Adobe Acrobat Reader.