Overdoses of the OTC diarrhea drug loperamide are increasing, according to new research from Rutgers University. Misuse of over-the-counter drugs with the ingredient loperamide can result in cardiac failure. The study notes that loperamide is available both online and in stores and is undetectable on routine drug tests. EurekeAlert!
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February 4, 2019
January 31, 2019
Current and former law enforcement and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officials discussed their ongoing efforts to combat the counterfeit drug and fentanyl trade at Congressional Briefings hosted by the Partnership for Safe Medicines in Washington, D.C. BeMedWise and NeedyMeds participated in the briefings as named partners.
January 31, 2019
A new report estimates that nearly half of all U.S. adults have some form of heart or blood vessel disease, a medical milestone that's mostly due to recent guidelines that expanded how many people have high blood pressure. AP News
January 22, 2019
The FDA has developed two consumer-friendly model Drug Facts Labels (DFLs) for over-the-counter (OTC) naloxone, a drug used to treat opioid overdose — one for use with a nasal spray and one for use with an auto-injector. These model labels contain information that a consumer needs to administer naloxone safely and effectively. With the number of overdose deaths involving prescription and illicit opioids more than doubling over the last seven years to nearly 48,000 in 2017, FDA notes it is critical to enable new ways to increase availability of naloxone, such as informed OTC access.
January 15, 2019
There's no better time than right now to invest in your health. Odds are you do it every day — even if you don't know that's what you're doing. Continue reading...
January 10, 2019
Grandparents can help protect kids from medication-related poisonings — National Safety Council.
December 13, 2018
First, some recent, eye-opening facts: • In the US there are over 276 million registered vehicles with 222 million drivers holding a valid license. Of this number, nearly 43 million are 65 or older. That's roughly one in every five. • 40,100 people died in accidents involving motor vehicles in 2017 a 1 percent drop from the year before. Continue reading...
November 20, 2018
It will come as no surprise to many that the 65+ year old crowd - aging baby boomers and older adults - are taking a lot of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medicines, along with vitamins, dietary supplements and herbal remedies. As many as 55 million Americans will be older than age 65 by 2020. Continue reading...
November 15, 2018
Bayer and the National Consumers League (NCL) released a white paper, Increased Consumer Risk from Erectile Dysfunction Medication Advertised and Sold on the Gray Market, which exposes the dangers to consumers who purchase ED medication from illegal online pharmacies — also known as the gray market.
October 24, 2018
FDA launches global operation to crack down on websites selling illegal, potentially dangerous drugs; including opioids
FDA, working with international regulatory and law enforcement agencies, announced Tuesday it recently took steps to target nearly 500 websites that illegally sell potentially dangerous, unapproved prescription drugs to consumers. The initiative was part of Operation Pangea XI, the 11th annual International Internet Week of Action (IIWA). "The sale of potentially dangerous and counterfeit drugs by criminal networks on the internet is a large and growing threat to the...