News you can use: health & drug safety updates


  • April 30, 2019

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the agency is requiring a new boxed warning – the agency’s most prominent warning – on certain prescription insomnia drugs to better ensure patients and their health care professionals have the information they need when considering use of these medicines.  The boxed warning follows several reports of rare, but serious injuries and deaths resulting from various complex sleep behaviors after taking these medicines.

  • April 25, 2019

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the launch of a new education campaign, "Remove the Risk" to help Americans understand the important role they play in removing and properly disposing of unused prescription opioids from their homes. Visit and and download fact sheets, social media and more. BeMedWise resources include: Safe medicine storage & disposal and Safe Disposal: An Important Part of Addressing Opioid Abuse.

  • April 24, 2019

    Safe Kids Worldwide, recently released the research report, Medicine Safety: A Key Part of Child-Proofing Your Home. This new report reviews trends in medicine poisoning for children and reveals findings from recent focus groups with parents of children under age 6, which provide insights into why, when most parents know they need to store medicine safely, children are still getting into medicine.

  • April 23, 2019

    Thousands of collection sites across America will participate in the 17th Annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 27. This is a great opportunity for people around the country to make a difference in preventing the misuse and abuse of prescription opioids by safely disposing of their unused drugs. Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That's dangerous and often tragic. To help find a disposal location in your state, please click on this tool from our partner Allied Against Opioid Abuse.

  • April 11, 2019

    This webinar features discussion among opioid misuse health literacy experts about effective prevention strategies, approaches, and resources that can advance an understanding and a dialogue between older patients and their healthcare providers about opioid use. Presenters include prevention leaders from SAMHSA, the National Council on Aging, United Hospital Fund, and the Johns Hopkins Geriatric Workforce Enhancement program.

  • April 5, 2019

    From 2010 to 2015, the rate of opioid-related hospital stays increased between 27 and 39 percent among patients age 65 and older, depending on the age group. Non-opioid-related hospital stays decreased 17 percent for patients age 65 and older and during the same period (HCUP Statistitical Frief #244 — updated September 2018).

  • March 27, 2019

    Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA) joined other leading national voices to raise awareness about the importance of prescription opioid safety. AAOA, along with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Safety Council and others, contributed content to a special insert in USA Today as part of an opioid awareness issue developed by Mediaplanet. The BeMedWise Program at NeedyMeds is an AAOA National Partner.

  • March 20, 2019

    Most people struggling with an opioid addiction do not have access to medications that could help them, including methadone, buprenorphine and extended-release naltrexone, according to a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The study found only 6% of treatment facilities offered all three of the drugs in 2016, while only 5% of those addicted to opioids received medication for the addiction.

  • March 13, 2019

    Poisoning is the number one cause of injury-related death in the U.S.. National Poison Prevention Week, sponsored by the National Poisoning Prevention Council during the third week in March, promotes poison prevention tips and the free emergency services provided by poison control centers, including the Poison Help hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Text POISON to 797979 to save the number in your smartphone.

  • March 13, 2019

    Many of the most frequently prescribed oral medications in the U.S. contain at least one ingredient that could cause an adverse reaction, new research shows. The study, reported in Science Translational Medicine, looked at more than 42,000 oral medications and identified more than three dozen inactive ingredients that have been described in medical literature to cause allergic symptoms following oral exposure.