The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the general aviation (GA) community national #FlySafe campaign helps educate airmen about safety.
This month’s topic covers medication and avoiding adverse drug interactions.
Impairment from medication, particularly the over the counter (OTC) medication, is cited as a factor in many general aviation accidents. A 2011 study by the FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute’s Toxicology Lab found that drugs/medications were found in 570 fatal accident pilots (42 percent of 1,353 autopsies). Ninety percent of those pilots were flying under 14 CFR Part 91. It’s important for pilots also to consider possible adverse reactions when taking more than one drug.
Read more on this important topic on the FAA’s blog.