The Florida Poison Information Center – Tampa is staffed by nurses, pharmacists and physicians trained in toxicology. Based on years of toxicology experience and a computerized database describing over 500,000 substances, we provide advice within minutes for each question or emergency. We are certified as a Regional Poison Center by the American Association of Poison Control Centers. The center provides coverage for 6 million residents in central and southwest Florida. The Poison Center is located on the campus of Tampa General Hospital and is primarily funded by grants from Florida Department of Health, Children’s Medical Services and the U.S. Department of Health Resources and Services Administration.

Managing Director: Alfred Aleguas, BS Pharm, PharmD, D.ABAT

Medical Director: Tamas R. Peredy, MD, FACEP, FACMT

Associate Medical Director: Gregory G. Gaar, MD, FAAP, FACEP, FAACT

Educator: Nikesha N. Yarbrough
(813) 844-7981
Contact person for health fairs and presentations to public audiences.

Administrative Assistant: Rachel Matthews
(813) 844-7044


We are part of a network of Florida Poison Information Centers that provide telephone advice and educational programs for three geographic areas:



Poison centers were established as health care providers authorized to share protected patient information with health care providers providing direct patient care in HIPAA regulations in 45CFR parts 160 and 164 as published in the Federal Register on Dec 28, 2000. In addition, the CDC has provided the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) with a grant of authority to conduct surveillance activity and function as a public health authority to which covered entities may disclose protected health information. In addition, the Florida Poison Information Centers are a State of Florida, Department of Health program performing public health functions. As such we are exempt from HIPAA privacy regulations.

Contact Us

Please do not email us with poisoning cases! If you have a poisoning emergency or question, please call 1-800-222-1222.

Disclaimer: This website is designed to be informational and educational. Under no circumstance is this website meant to provide medical treatment or replace the expert advice of a qualified poison information specialist or physician.

Florida Poison Information Center
Tampa General Hospital, PO Box 1289, Tampa, FL 33601
Phone: (813) 844-7044
Fax: (813) 844-4443