News you can use: health & drug safety updates
December 11, 2002
Nearly 30 years of scientific articles addressing interventions to improve medicine adherence were analyzed by Canadian researchers. Just under half of the interventions tested showed increases in adherence, while fewer reported improvements in treatment outcomes. The study appears in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association.
December 10, 2002
The Food and Drug Administration urged consumers to avoid purchasing certain medications from outside the U.S., or from Internet pharmacies. Medicines on the FDA’s “Import Alert” list include Accutane, Clozaril, Lotronex, and others. Most of the affected medicines require patient "Medication Guides” with their distribution.
November 1, 2002
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a NCPIE Board member that is part of HHS, today issued “20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors in Children.” The majority of the tips address safe medicine use, and closely align with NCPIE messages to parents and caregivers over the years.
September 25, 2002
September 24, 2002
On the eve of NCPIE’s national health observance this October, NCPIE urges all medicine users to “Educate Before You Medicate: Know Your Medicines.” A press release announces NCPIE’s educational resources, two October events (including a special Gala honoring NCPIE’s 20th anniversary), and an expansion of the “Be MedWise” campaign promoting appropriate use of non-prescription medicines.
August 19, 2002
“Before using any medicine, you should think through the benefits and the risks in order to make the best choice for you,” urges a new consumer brochure available from NCPIE and the FDA. “Think it Through: A Guide to Managing the Benefits and Risks of Medicines,” was produced by NCPIE and other organizations in the Partnership for Safe Medication Use.
August 15, 2002
Pharmacists/Health Professionals Mobilize To Encourage Americans to “Be MedWise” About Over-the-Counter Medicines
August 10, 2002
Health Group Urges Parents to Remember the Three R’s
July 23, 2002
AARP’s “Modern Maturity” offers an extensive article on using medicines safely and appropriately. Noting that prescription medicines are life-savers "but only if they're used correctly,” the “Drug Smart” piece includes ethnic and gender considerations for proper dosing, definitions of common abbreviations used in prescriptions, guidelines for transporting medicines while traveling, and much more.
July 12, 2002
FDA’s Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee will meet July 17 in Gaithersburg, MD to discuss ways to improve the usefulness of consumer medication information (CMI). NCPIE’s Ray Bullman is scheduled to testify, based on written comments NCPIE submitted to FDA this week. After reviewing public policy initiatives to improve CMI, Bullman will outline a CMI research agenda. Copies of NCPIE’s comments are available upon request from firstname.lastname@example.org.