News you can use: health & drug safety updates


  • November 16, 2016
    Research Design: Two community pharmacies serving an ethnically diverse population in the Pacific Northwest. Participants were consented patients with antihypertension prescriptions who screened positive for low health literacy based on the Test of Functional Health Literacy Short Form. Participants in the intervention arm received antihypertensive medications and recordings of pharmacists' counseling in Talking Pill Bottles at baseline. Control arm participants received antihypertensive medications and usual care instructions. Main outcome measures Results
  • November 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.
  • November 1, 2016
    About 70%of US adults, ages 65 or older, have high blood pressure. About 50% of adults ages 65 or older with high blood pressure don’t have it under control. About 5 million adults, ages 65 or older, with Medicare Part D aren’t taking their blood pressure medicine as directed. High blood pressure can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and death. About 70% of US adults age 65 or older have high blood pressure and only about half have it under control (less than 140/90 mmHg). Blood pressure
  • November 1, 2016

    Patients will likely be introduced to biosimilars as cheaper versions of the biologic drugs—and they may assume the new products are “generics.” But while biosimilars are as clinically effective as the brand-name product and cost less, biosimilars are not exact replicas. As patients get accustomed to biosimilars, they will rely on their pharmacists’ knowledge.

  • October 31, 2016
    In an ongoing effort to prevent prescription opioid abuse, the CDC released a brochure for pharmacists, "Pharmacists: On the Front Lines - Addressing Prescription Opioid Abuse and Overdose." As one of the most accessible healthcare providers in neighborhoods across the nation, the CDC is urging pharmacists to fully utilize the vital role they play on the front lines of healthcare delivery to communicate with patients to help prevent prescription drug abuse.
  • October 28, 2016
    Researchers discovered that electronic prescribing, versus written doctors' orders, deters primary nonadherence—the failure of patients to fill and pick up new medications. Of more than 4,300 prescriptions written for the study sample, the rate of primary nonadherence was 31.6%. The rate of primary nonadherence was 16% lower for patients whose prescription was sent electronically compared with patients who were handed a paper order. In addition, having four or five different prescriptions or being a native English speaker was associated with greater nonadherence. The trend
  • 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

    Many health problems are associated with aging. It’s not uncommon for an older adult to have several chronic or long term health problems. For example, they may have arthritis, diabetes, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Older adults may also occasionally have acute or short-term illnesses such as a cold, flu, or urinary tract infection.

  • 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.