News you can use: health & drug safety updates

2004

  • October 1, 2004
    NCPIE’s October 2004 National Health Observance
  • August 26, 2004
    The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recently launched, “NIDA for Teens:The Science Behind Drug Abuse,” a new web site targeting adolescents (ages 11 through 15) as well as their parents and teachers. Designed by NIDA with input from teens, the site delivers science-based facts about how drugs affect the brain and body. Animated illustrations, quizzes, and games are used to clarify concepts, test knowledge, and make learning fun. Drugs currently featured on the site are marijuana, nicotine, ecstasy, and anabolic steroids, with sections on inhalants and stimulants coming soon.
  • August 10, 2004
    More than one-fifth of over 760,000 seniors whose prescription records were reviewed filled a prescription for one or more potentially inappropriate medicines, according to criteria published in the 1990s. More than 15% filled prescriptions for two drugs of concern, and 4% filled prescriptions for three or more drugs of concern. The most common potentially inappropriate drugs prescribed were amitriptyline and doxepin; the most commonly prescribed drug classes were psychotropic drugs and neuromuscular agents. Reporting this week in the Archives
  • August 6, 2004
    Regulations published in the Aug. 3, 2004 Federal Register detailing Titles I and II of the Medicare Modernization Act specify provisions for “medication therapy management.” Such services can be targeted to patients who have multiple chronic conditions, are taking multiple medications, and who are likely to have high drug expenses, according to an issue paper issued by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). So-called 'brown bag' reviews advocated by NCPIE for over a decade through its
  • August 6, 2004
    Regulations published in the Aug. 3, 2004 Federal Register detailing Titles I and II of the Medicare Modernization Act specify provisions for “medication therapy management.” Such services can be targeted to patients who have multiple chronic conditions, are taking multiple medications, and who are likely to have high drug expenses, according to an issue paper issued by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). So-called 'brown bag' reviews advocated by NCPIE for over a decade through its
  • July 19, 2004
    FDA investigators who shopped for “generic” pharmaceuticals at a purported Canadian website found substandard or altered products across the board. Safety checks such as refusing to provide a pharmaceutical product that would have put the user at risk, given their self-disclosed list of current medications, were also lacking. The FDA “shopped” at a website advertising generic productsfor brand- name pharmaceuticals for which no generics have been approved. Once the purchased products arrived at the FDA, they underwent laboratory testing and
  • June 21, 2004
    As You Age...A Guide to Aging, Medicines, and Alcohol is a new brochure developed collaboratively by the Food and Drug Administration and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. "Medicine and alcohol misuse can happen unintentionally,” notes the brochure, which includes a chart for listing instructions about medicines currently used.
  • June 21, 2004
    “Take With Care” is a new National Consumers League campaign urging consumers to use caution when taking over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers. Announced June 10 in New York City, NCL is partnering with the Food and Drug Administration on outreach efforts and materials.
  • April 8, 2004
    Appropriate use of medicines, particularly by seniors, is the mission of a new coalition launched by the National Consumers League, whose President, Linda Golodner, serves as NCPIE’s Chair. “SOS (Senior outpatient safety) Rx” was launched to specifically (1) address safe use of the blood-thinner warfarin, (2) develop a universal patient medication record, (3) develop standards for electronic prescribing, and (4) build an on-line clearinghouse of safe medicine practices. NCPIE and many NCPIE members are participating in SOS Rx.
  • April 8, 2004
    Calling the issue of health literacy a “very unappreciated problem,” the Institute of Medicine, along with the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, issued separate reports today addressing the 90 million Americans who have lower than average health literacy. “Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion,” is the IOM report; “Literacy and Health Outcomes” is the AHRQ evidence report. The American Medical Association also joined the IOM and AHRQ at

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