News you can use: health & drug safety updates

2019

  • February 4, 2019

    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!

  • 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.

2018

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