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...
News you can use: health & drug safety updates
November 20, 2018
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...
October 22, 2018
Unused medications can become household dangers. Dispose of them properly on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday, October 27.
On Saturday, October 27th, law enforcement agencies across the country will be participating in the DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Our partner Allied Against Opioid Abuse has developed a helpful resource that explains how safe disposal can help prevent misuse, along with a tool to help find a disposal location in your state.
October 12, 2018
The FDA approved or tentatively approved a record-setting 971 generic drugs in fiscal year 2018, which ended Sept. 30. The agency set a record for most complete responses in one year with 2,548. "Our work is not done. We'll continue taking additional steps to help ensure patients have access to the drugs they need by making generic drug approval more efficient and predictable," stated FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.
October 10, 2018
President Donald Trump is expected to sign two bills Wednesday that ban "gag order" clauses in contracts between pharmacies and insurance companies or PBMs. Ronna Hauser, vice president of payment policy and regulatory affairs at the National Community Pharmacists Association, says many members of her group "say a PBM will call them with a warning if they are telling patients it’s less expensive" without insurance. She says pharmacists could be fined for violating their contracts and even dropped from insurance networks.
October 2, 2018
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) guidelines offer best practices and recommendations for avoiding medication errors in hospitals that highlight the leadership roles that pharmacists play and opportunities for them on interprofessional teams to limit errors. The guidelines urge organizations to have a comprehensive program that includes a medication safety head, an event reporting system, a collaborative medication safety team, and a continuous quality improvement philosophy about evaluation of errors and harm.
September 19, 2018
About one in seven Americans has diabetes, totaling nearly 30 million people, according to the CDC. The agency noted about 14% of U.S. adults have diabetes, with 10% and 4% representing diagnosed and undiagnosed cases, respectively. The agency noted increasing obesity rates and an aging population are contributing to the rise of diabetes in the U.S.
September 19, 2018
The Department of Health and Human Services is awarding more than $1 billion in grants for states, communities and organizations working to address the opioid crisis, of which $930 million will be directed toward expansion of recovery and prevention services. HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement that addressing the crisis with "all the resources possible" is a high priority for the Trump administration.
September 14, 2018
Up to 6 million Americans could have opioid use disorder, which is nearly triple the government's estimate of 2.1 million, according to new research from McKinsey and Co. The report found undiagnosed opioid use disorder in 82 percent of Medicaid beneficiaries in Massachusetts who received high-dosage treatments of opioids.