Safe handling of pharmaceuticals

Medication is part of everyday life for many people. A new brochure provides patients with concrete tips on how they can get involved in ensuring their medication safety.


Many people in Switzerland, especially the elderly, regularly take several drugs. This increases the risk of interactions and side effects. Especially if the medications are not well coordinated. Errors can also occur when drugs are prescribed by different doctors. In this project, Patient Safety Switzerland developed an information brochure on the safe use of medications.The brochure is aimed at elderly patients with polypharmacy and their relatives. It shows them how they can contribute to medication safety. It contains concrete recommendations on what patients should look out for and what questions they can ask about their medications. The brochure was developed together with numerous healthcare professionals and tested with around 30 people. The project was funded by the Federal Office of Public Health.

Obtain brochure

The brochure is now available in three languages to healthcare professional in doctors' offices, pharmacies, Spitex, homes or hospitals. We recommend that it is handed out  as part of a patient consultation. This will send a strong signal that you take patients' concerns seriously and that you are committed to medication safety.

Download PDF

The brochure is available for download as a PDF. The brochure is designed as A5 vertical format for brochure printing, please activate the function «brochure printing» in your printers' menu.

Download PDF (German)

Order printed version

Interested parties can order printed copies of the brochure free of charge using the linked contact form (Minimum order quantity 5, maximum order quantity 15, while stocks last). The brochure will then be sent to you by post. The offer applies exclusively within Switzerland.

Order printed copies in German


Print copy

Are you interested in distributing the brochure widely in your organization or association? We will provide you with the print template free of charge so that you can have the desired number professionally printed yourself.

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The project was led by Andrea Niederhauser.

Please contact the secretariat