News you can use: health & drug safety updates


  • September 16, 2019

    Drug dealers are turning to Facebook and other popular social media sites to peddle steroids, which are illegal without a prescription, raising more questions about whether the companies are properly policing their platforms. Read more...

  • September 16, 2019

    If you've ever had a cold that keeps you up at night coughing or painful urinary tract infections that recur regularly, you may have been tempted to simply help yourself to the antibiotics you've been storing since last year in your medicine cabinet. Or you might ask a friend of family member for a few pills. Read more...

  • September 4, 2019

    The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) announces the launch of as an NABP-branded site featuring consumer-oriented information . Consumers will find information on preventing prescription drug abuse, how to safely use medication, how boards of pharmacy and pharmacists can serve as resources, and where to find permanent drug disposal locations.

  • August 27, 2019

    The Alliance for Aging Research is hosting a webinar to discuss a recent survey distributed to primary care physicians and nurse practitioners that found that vaccine discussions as part of prevention planning are a low priority at the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit; and, that more education is needed to overcome patient awareness barriers. Read more...

  • August 19, 2019

    SAMHSA has released the latest data findings from the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). NSDUH provides estimates of the use of illegal substances, prescription drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, as well as mental disorders, treatment, and co-occurring substance use and mental disorders in the United States. Read more...

  • August 19, 2019

    About a third of children in the United States use dietary supplements, according to a nationally representative survey of American children and adolescents. Between 2004 and 2014, participants' use of herbal and nonvitamin supplements nearly doubled, from 3.7 percent to 6.7 percent in 2013-2014. Read more...

  • August 12, 2019

    AAOA has partnered with HealthyWomen and launched the AAOA-HealthyWomen Toolkit to underscore the seriousness of the country’s prescription opioid abuse epidemic on families across the country and offers actionable steps for women — who make the majority of the healthcare decisions in the home — to take to ensure opioid medications are secured and out of reach when they are brought into the home.

  • July 27, 2019

    FDA is reminding consumers that some medicine labels warn to not operate heavy machinery while taking them, which includes driving a car. These prescription and OTC products can cause adverse effects such as drowsiness, blurred vision, dizziness, slowed movement, fainting, inability to focus, nausea, and excitability. Read more...

  • July 22, 2019

    Many Americans use antibiotics without a prescription, according to an analysis of 31 prior studies conducted between 2000 and 2019 published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study found patients have a variety of ways to obtain antibiotics without a prescription, including saving leftovers from a prior valid prescription, obtaining them from family or friends and buying them online.

  • July 16, 2019

    Newly released data show that drug companies shipped billions of doses of oxycodone and hydrocodone across the United States as the nation's drug epidemic skyrocketed. The data, which comes from a DEA database, reveals that companies distributed 8.4 billion doses of the opioids in 2006 and 12.6 billion in 2012, for a total of about 766 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone doses during the 7-year period.