News you can use: health & drug safety updates


  • March 22, 2016
    Earlier this month, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) House of Delegates voted to adopt new policy on the labeling and measurement of oral liquid medications. The new policy would support moving away from outdated dosing cups and teaspoons in favor of oral syringes and cups that measure only in the metric system (milliliter -mL) as the standard for prescribing and measuring all oral liquid medications. Numerous and sometimes fatal events have occurred as a result of confusion from not having unified measuring standards. Multiple national
  • March 22, 2016
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning about several safety issues with the entire class of opioid pain medicines. These safety risks are potentially harmful interactions with numerous other medications, problems with the adrenal glands, and decreased sex hormone levels. We are requiring changes to the labels of all opioid drugs to warn about these risks.
  • Opioids can interact with antidepressants and migraine medicines to cause a serious central nervous system
  • March 21, 2016
    The guide, launched online by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, (NIDA), offers research-based principles that affect a child’s self-control and overall mental health, starting during pregnancy through the eighth year of life. It recognizes that while substance use generally begins during the teen years, it has known biological, psychological, social, and environmental roots that begin even before birth. Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood addresses the major influences on
  • March 16, 2016
    As part of the urgent response to the epidemic of overdose deaths, CDC issued new recommendations for prescribing opioid medications for chronic pain, excluding cancer, palliative, and end-of-life care. The CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, United States, 2016 will help primary care providers ensure the safest and most effective treatment for their patients.
  • March 14, 2016
    Script Your Future (SYF) wallet cards and medication adherence infographics are now available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Hmong, and Russian. The materials are free for download, printing, distribution, and web site linking. The National Consumers League (NCL) leads the Script Your Future campaign, with partners from every sector of the health care system, including health care professionals, patient communities, family caregivers, pharmacies, health insurance plans, pharmaceutical companies and associations, as well as government agencies
  • March 9, 2016
    A study of teens finds almost 90 percent of those who abuse medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) say they used someone else’s medication. The study included more than 11,000 American children and teens ages 10 to 18, who were interviewed between 2008 and 2011. The researchers found 7 percent said they had
  • March 2, 2016
    An estimated 68% of U.S. adults take OTC dietary supplements, but research shows these products may do more harm than good. Echinacea, grape seed extract, and St. John’s Wort are just a few that studies have found to affect the performance of prescription drugs. Evidence suggests that some supplements block enzymes from breaking down a prescription drug and evacuating it from the body, potentially creating toxic levels of medication and a risk of overdose. Others may accelerate the pace of breakdown and eliminate a drug too quickly to have an
  • 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

    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
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