News you can use: health & drug safety updates


  • February 20, 2018

    This interactive web-based, four-part program is designed to help clinicians optimize antibiotic use to combat antibiotic resistance and improve healthcare quality and patient safety. This course will include information about antibiotic resistance and threats and a detailed explanation of the benefits of antibiotic stewardship. Objectives include:  Optimize antibiotic prescribing and use to protect patients and combat the threat of antibiotic resistance; inform healthcare professionals about proper antibiotic use;  encourage open discussion among physicians and patients. Open to all clinicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurses, certified health educators, and public health practitioners with an MPH.  Earn 8 hours of free CE.

  • February 9, 2018

    The American Medical Association (AMA) is launching a new digital tool kit as part of its ongoing efforts to improve access to high-quality treatment for patients seeking multidisciplinary pain care and for a substance use disorder. The tool kit will be used by the AMA and the nation’s medical societies to urge physicians to upload stories about their patients who encounter obstacles when seeking care for pain and/or a substance use disorder.

    The “Share Your Story” campaign is part of the AMA’s work to end the opioid epidemic and is designed to highlight physician efforts as well as urge payers and policymakers to improve access to treatment.

  • February 6, 2018

    NCPIE has joined leading public health organizations to launch Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA), a national education and awareness initiative to help combat the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic. AAOA brings the National Council on Patient Information and Education together with other key healthcare community stakeholders, including the Caregiver Action Network, Healthcare Distribution Alliance, Mental Health America (MHA), National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA), and the PA Foundation, to educate about the rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioids.  Follow  AAOA on Twitter (@AAOA_Tweets). Look for updates as the coalition moves forward.

  • February 1, 2018

    NCPIE serves as co-editor for a monthly column in Pharmacy Today (American Pharmacists Association) The column is entitled “One-to-One” and is intended to help develop pharmacists’ medication communication and counseling skills to promote safe and appropriate medicine use.

  • January 31, 2018

    FDA announced Tuesday a new action to combat the increasing problem of misuse and abuse of the OTC antidiarrheal drug loperamide. When used at very high and dangerous doses, the drug may be used by some individuals as a way to manage opioid withdrawal symptoms or to achieve the euphoric effects of opioid use. FDA is requesting that manufacturers of OTC loperamide "change the way they label and package these drugs to stem abuse and misuse that leaves us deeply concerned," FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, said.

  • January 19, 2018

    New research shows that the number of privately insured U.S. women aged 15–44 years who filled a prescription for an ADHD drug rose 344% between 2003 and 2015, from 0.9% to 4%. According to the study, the number of women aged 25–29 years who filled an ADHD prescription increased by 700%, while there was a 560% increase among women aged 30–34 years.

  • January 12, 2018

    FDA announced safety labeling changes to limit the use of prescription opioid cough and cold medicines containing codeine or hydrocodone in children younger than age 18 years, saying the risks of the medicines outweigh their potential benefits.  Per FDA, After safety labeling changes are made, these products will no longer be indicated for use to treat cough in any pediatric population and will be labeled for use only in adults aged 18 years and older.

  • January 10, 2018

    NIDA offers several interactive ways to share the facts about the consequences of drug and alcohol use on the brain, body, and behavior. Be sure to register your event or activity to be visible on the national map of participants and to order free materials for your activity from NIDA by January 15 to get them in time for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, January 22 – 28.

  • January 5, 2018

    At a time when public- and private-sector leaders are seeking a substantial increase in government funding for opioid-addiction treatment programs and legislation requiring insurers to offer coverage for these treatments, polls show a large share of the public uncertain about the long-term effectiveness of treatment. Over the next few years, this impression could affect family referrals to treatment programs, as well as public support for them and for a government requirement that insurance cover their cost. There is a clear need for the medical and scientific communities to educate the public about the issues surrounding the potential effectiveness of treatment.

  • January 2, 2018

    A podcast presented by the Collegiate Recovery Community at The Ohio State University, discusses diversifying collegiate recovery communities with guest speaker Keith Murphy, a Recovery Counselor with the Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program at Rutgers University.