News you can use: health & drug safety updates

2016

  • March 2, 2016
    In a document posted online on March 1, 2016, the FDA outlined its plan to recruit 1,500 volunteers as part of a study aimed at finding out how cartoons in drug advertisements influence how viewers see those medications and their risks. The American Medical Association in November 2015 called for a ban on direct-to-consumer drug ads. The concern is that personifying illnesses, while it could help the viewer remember the drug, might not help people capture information like adverse events associated with it. Participants in the study will watch different commercials
  • March 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.

  • March 1, 2016
    Phillips Health Mart Pharmacy began offering retail customers prescription packaging designed to improve medication adherence. Health Mart will use the AdherePac systems from TCGRx to synchronize patients' prescriptions into 30-day packaged rolls that are sorted by time of day. Phillips Pharmacy partnered with TCGRx, the maker of the ATP 2 automated tablet packaging system, to automate the process of packaging each patient’s medicines, which are all verified by barcode to ensure accuracy and safety for each pouch produced.
  • March 1, 2016

    As the incidence of opioid use and abuse continues to rise, pharmacists, as the most accessible health care providers (and drug experts), are often on the front lines of pain management and patient care. How do we as pharmacists make sure patients who are legitimately in pain receive the care they need, while at the same time minimizing the misuse and abuse of controlled substances?

  • March 1, 2016
    Ten scouting delegates from across the nation, including one Cub Scout, six Boy Scouts, one Sea Scout, one Venturer and one Explorer, recently met with President Obama, who as U.S. president also serves as the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) honorary president, and senior government leaders in Washington, DC to present the 2015 BSA Annual Report to the Nation. During the Scouts' meeting with the U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, NCPIE, represented by NCPIE Chair, Elizabeth Keyes, R.Ph., American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and Ray
  • February 24, 2016
    Join the Twitter conversation on March 23 when The Alliance for Aging Research, in partnership with the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition, the American Association of Poison Control Centers, CHPA Educational Foundation, and NCPIE, hosts a Twitter chat (1:00 – 2:00 pm EST) on how to safely choose, take, store, and dispose of OTC medications. Topics will include: • Tips on how and when to take (and not take) medications • Guidance on safely storing medications to keep them out of the hands of young children and those who might want to abuse medications
  • February 24, 2016
    Join the Twitter conversation on March 23 when The Alliance for Aging Research, in partnership with the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition, the American Association of Poison Control Centers, CHPA Educational Foundation, and NCPIE, hosts a Twitter chat (1:00 – 2:00 pm EST) on how to safely choose, take, store, and dispose of OTC medications. Topics will include: • Tips on how and when to take (and not take) medications • Guidance on safely storing medications to keep them out of the hands of young children and those who might want to abuse medications
  • February 22, 2016
    Rite Aid is making available nationwide talking prescription devices to help with customers who are blind or visually impaired. Rite Aid will also provide large-print prescription information sheets to customers who ask for them. Visually impaired customers can request a talking prescription device at any of the nearly 4,600 Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide.
  • February 17, 2016
    New research indicates that young adults misuse ADHD drugs most often. The study, published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, looked at trends from 2006 through 2011 and identified individuals aged 18–25 years as the ones who most often take the prescription stimulants inappropriately. For all age groups, the primary source for nonmedical use of dextroamphetamine–amphetamine (Adderall—Teva) was family or friends. During the 6-year study period, treatment visits involving the ADHD drug were unchanged for
  • February 12, 2016
    The Safer Universities Program is directed at reducing excessive drinking and intoxication off-campus, near the college, including parties at homes and apartments, as well as at nearby bars and restaurants. It achieves this by enhancing enforcement of laws to encourage responsible hosting and service of alcohol in private and commercial settings. A downloadable tool kit describes the components of the action plan and provides tips and materials that support implementation.

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