News you can use: health & drug safety updates


  • April 1, 2000
    A summary and transcripts of FDA’s Feb. 29-March 1 workshop on a Univ. of Wisconsin assessment of written patient leaflets distributed in 300 community pharmacies is available on FDA’s website. This assessment is the first and most comprehensive evaluation of written information against the criteria developed by NCPIE and other stakeholders in the Action Plan for the Provision of Useful Prescription Drug Information.
  • April 1, 2000
    Extensive prescription drug utilization and economic data for Medicare beneficiaries are available in a new report to President Clinton issued by the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • April 1, 2000
    The May 2000 cover story of Consumer Reports, entitled, “The Mainstreaming of Alternative Medicine,” features results of a comprehensive survey of nearly 50,000 CR readers. They evaluated the helpfulness of many remedies (prescription and non-prescription medicines, certain herbal medicines, diet, lifestyle changes, chiropractic treatment, acupuncture, etc.) for 10 common medical conditions. Reprints of the article (#R0178) are available for $3 each directly from the publisher.
  • March 31, 2000
    NCPIE is accepting nominations for its Paul G. Rogers / NCPIE Medication Communicator Awards Program. The deadline is June 30, 2000. The program is open to individuals, organizations, businesses, and government agencies. Click here to view the awards.
  • March 24, 2000
    FDA Commissioner Jane Henney, M.D., testified before the U.S. Senate about ensuring safe on-line pharmaceutical purchasing. Consumer tips, warnings and enforcement information are provided via FDA’s dedicated web pages, “Buying Medical Products On-Line."
  • March 20, 2000
    Comprehensive medicine use statistics; policy analysis of a proposed Medicare outpatient prescription drug benefit; and an overview of direct-to-consumer advertising are just a few of the articles in this March/April 2000 issue.
  • March 20, 2000
    “Communicating With Your Patients: Skills for Building Rapport” (106 pps., order #OP 208999) and “Cultural Competence Compendium” (460 pps., order # OP 209199) are available from the American Medical Association by calling 1-800-621-8335. To preview the books, click on the above link, then select “On-Line Catalog,” then “Physician Catalog.” An editorial, “Communication Breakdown,” appears in the March 6 American Medical News.
  • March 20, 2000
    A comprehensive, national consumer survey was conducted for Drug Topics (see cover story, March 20) that addresses a variety of medicine communication and utilization issues, including: pharmacist services, direct-to-consumer ads, alternative medicines, and more.
  • January 28, 2000
    New public health objectives for the nation include increasing the number of health care professionals who review with patients aged 65 and over all new prescribed and non-prescription medicines; promoting receipt of “useful” written medicine information; and promoting oral counseling on appropriate medicine use, and possible risks, by all health care professionals. These objectives are part of Healthy People 2010, a broad public health initiative spearheaded by Surgeon General David Satcher. NCPIE has been an active participant in all
  • January 18, 2000
    At Congress' request, the General Accounting Office researched the extent and types of adverse drug events, ADE-related costs in the health care system, and ADE-reduction proposals. Released at House and Senate hearings, free copies of the report are available directly from the GAO (request Document #HEHS-00-21). (Testimony, 1 Feb. and 9 Feb.; Report, 18 Jan. 2000)