News you can use: health & drug safety updates

2017

  • June 1, 2017

    Since you can’t always stay indoors when pollen counts are high, your healthcare provider may recommend prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medications to relieve symptoms. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates a number of medications that offer allergy relief. 

  • June 1, 2017

    FDA’s Division of Drug Information is presenting a series of continuing education webinars targeted toward students and health care providers who wish to learn more about FDA and drug regulation. The webinars are presented by FDA staff and will allow participants to interact with staff in a question-and-answer format.  The next webinar, “Ongoing Role of FDA in Medication Error Prevention,” will be held June 6, 2017, at 1 PM (EDT).

  • June 1, 2017

    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.

  • May 31, 2017

    Five recently completed clinical studies presented by Walgreens at the recent ISPOR annual meeting in Boston focused primarily on efforts to improve medication adherence and patient outcomes through various pharmacy initiatives.  The studies included:

  • May 24, 2017

    Know what medications you’ll need while on vacation.  Check that you have enough to last the trip. Also, review the instructions for taking medications. Look for warnings about interactions your medicines might have with certain foods or drinks and any other side effects. For instance, some medications can make you more sensitive to sunlight.

  • May 18, 2017

    Despite the risks, many parents may be missing a crucial point about having opioids in the house: a study in the March issue of Pediatrics suggests that opioids are stored unsafely in most households with children.  In the study, 681 adults who had taken opioids in the previous 12 months and had children aged 17 years or younger completed a survey designed to measure their beliefs about and practices on opioid storage.

  • May 2, 2017

    About 38% of seniors over the age of 85 need help managing their medications, according to Netherlands researchers who published a study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The researchers found that younger demographics may need help, as well, with 10% of those between the ages of 65 and 69 reporting they need help managing their medications. An aging baby boomer population has fueled a dramatic increase in older adults in the United States. By 2050, adults over age 65 will account for more than 83 million U.S. residents.

  • May 1, 2017

    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.

  • April 1, 2017

    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.

  • March 2, 2017

    A growing number of Americans know how to safely use medicines containing the most common drug ingredient in the U.S. A nationwide survey released today shows a positive trend over the past six years: more people than ever are aware of how to use products containing acetaminophen safely and effectively, while avoiding the risks of accidental overdose and liver damage. Findings include: more consumers agree it is “important not to exceed the dosing directions on the label” of pain relievers (increased to 96 percent in 2016 from 90 percent in 2010), and more

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