News you can use: health & drug safety updates


  • October 7, 2016

    Americans spent more than $309 billion on prescription drugs in 2015, which is up 8.5 percent from the year before. The steep price of prescription drugs isn’t expected to come down any time soon, either. You can take steps to reduce the cost of your prescription drugs, though. Here are some tips to help you save money on every drug you buy.

  • October 7, 2016

    About seven in 10 Americans take at least one prescription drug, according to Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center. Two in 10 people — many of them older than 65 years — take five or more medications. When you take several medications, it’s easy to make mistakes. A few simple steps can help you avoid mistakes and ensure that you get the most benefit from all of your prescribed drugs.

  • October 7, 2016

    Acetaminophen (pronounced a-seet’-a-min'-oh-fen) is a medicine that lowers fevers and relieves mild to moderate pain. It’s found in over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications. It’s the active ingredient in Tylenol, one of the most common brand-name OTC products. There are over 600 medicines that contain acetaminophen, though, including drugs for infants, children, and adults.

    For more information, please read the article Acetaminophen Overdose: What You Need to Know.

  • October 7, 2016

    Americans take a lot of medications. Almost 70 percent of people take at least one prescription drug, and more than half take two drugs, according to a Mayo Clinic study. Twenty percent of people—especially those ages 65 years and older—take five or more different prescription drugs. Your doctor, pharmacist, and other healthcare professionals are your best allies in helping you understand and manage your medications.

  • October 7, 2016
    University of Pennsylvania research addresses the prescription drugs that are leftover after surgical tooth extraction. According to the report, more than one-half of the opioids prescribed to patients following the dental procedure were left unused. Results of the study show within 5 days of surgery, most patients are experiencing relatively little pain, and yet, most still had well over half of their opioid prescription left, according to a co-author of the study. When translated to the broad U.S. population, the study suggests that more than 100 million opioid pills prescribed to
  • October 7, 2016

    Chronic health problems are often treated with one or more medications. Although all of these medications may help, they may also cause problems when taken together. And as the body ages, it may also react differently to medication. Some harmful effects can become more likely. Doctors who care for older adults have to prescribe medication very carefully.

    Acetaminophen decreases pain and fever. It’s the most common drug ingredient in America. In fact, more than 50 million Americans use a medication that contains acetaminophen each week.

  • October 1, 2016

    NCPIE serves as co-editor for a monthly column in Pharmacy Today (American Pharmacists Association) The column is entitled “One-to-One” and is intended to help develop pharmacists’ medication communication and counseling skills to promote safe and appropriate medicine use.

  • September 23, 2016
    Falls are the No. 1 cause of injuries and deaths from injury among older Americans. In 2014, a total of 29 million falls among older Americans caused 7 million injuries and cost an estimated $31 billion, CDC reports. “Older adult falls are increasing and, sadly, often herald the end of independence,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH. To help reduce falls among older adults, CDC has developed the Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries (STEADI)
  • September 19, 2016
    Parents may give their child too much or too little medicine when dispensing medication, particularly dosing cups, according to a study in Pediatrics. Researchers asked 2,110 parents of children age 8 or younger to measure nine doses of liquid medication in random order, and parents doled out the wrong dose 43% of the time using a dosing cup, compared to 16% of the time when using an oral syringe. (Source: Pediatrics, September 2016)
  • September 15, 2016
    The survey, conducted by the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA), received responses from 1001 individuals. Topline results showed that: · 56% have had issues/difficulty obtaining a prescription for their pain medications, while 39% cite their physician no longer prescribes pain medication, and 38% say their physician is not prescribing their specific medication; · 63% said their pharmacy carries only a limited supply of medication, and 28% said the pharmacy does not carry their medication at all;