News you can use: health & drug safety updates

2015

  • December 4, 2015
    Slightly more than one-third (35%) of adults reported ever using marijuana in 2014, according to data from a nationally representative consumer panel survey. Among those adults, smoking was reported as the most prevalent mode of marijuana use. A majority of users reported smoking joints (89%), around one-half reported using bongs, water pipes, or hookahs (49%) or bowls or pipes (48%), and one-fourth (25%) smoked marijuana in blunts. Other modes of marijuana use included ingesting marijuana in edibles or drinks (30%) and vaporizing marijuana (10%).
  • December 1, 2015

    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 30, 2015
    Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are a readily-available and convenient solution when consumers search for relief from common ailments like aches, pains, coughs, colds, fevers, allergies and heartburn. However, OTC drugs must be used appropriately, as incorrect dosages and complications with other drugs can have negative consequences. Pharmacists are in a prime position to counsel consumers about their OTC drug choices and to ensure that they use them safely. The New York Times article by Jane E. Brody references the 2001
  • November 30, 2015
    Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are a readily-available and convenient solution when consumers search for relief from common ailments like aches, pains, coughs, colds, fevers, allergies and heartburn. However, OTC drugs must be used appropriately, as incorrect dosages and complications with other drugs can have negative consequences. Pharmacists are in a prime position to counsel consumers about their OTC drug choices and to ensure that they use them safely. The New York Times article by Jane E. Brody references the 2001
  • November 30, 2015
    It is difficult for patients to clearly understand the risks and benefits of the drugs they are prescribed despite this being a first step toward informed decisions and shared decision-making with health care professionals. In this article, the problems and potential of pharmacy leaflets as a nearly ubiquitous but often overlooked means of communicating drug information to patients are discussed. (JAMA Intern Med. Published online November 30, 2015. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.6656)
  • November 19, 2015
    The Food and Drug Administration today approved Narcan nasal spray, the first FDA-approved nasal spray version of naloxone hydrochloride, a life-saving medication that can stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Opioids are a class of drugs that include prescription medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine, as well as the illegal drug heroin. Drug overdose deaths, driven largely by prescription drug overdoses, are now the leading cause of injury death in
  • November 19, 2015
    NCPIE is participating in a National Night of Conversation (NNOC) as a Supporting Organization, see last page of the Night of Conversation Discussion Guide. Additionally, as noted below, several NCPIE educational resources (including several programs developed with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are featured in the Resources Section on Dr. Oz’s website for the National Night of Conversation. •Teen Influencer Program (Maximizing Your Role as a Teen
  • November 18, 2015
    The American Medical Association agreed Monday to advocate for regulations requiring warnings be written on medical and recreational marijuana products and posted wherever they're sold. The decision was made based on studies suggesting marijuana use may be linked with low birth weight, premature birth and behavior problems in young children. Recent data puts marijuana use during pregnancy at about 5 percent nationwide, but as high as 28 percent among some urban low-income women. Critics say evidence of harm is weak, but while advocates agree that more
  • November 18, 2015
    Pennsylvania Physician General Rachel Levine, MD, has signed a standing order that will expand access to naloxone for all patients in the commonwealth. The order specifically provides the authorization, indications and instructions for using naloxone. The order is available online, and according to Dr. Levine, should only be used when an individual cannot obtain a prescription from his or her physician. The Pennsylvania Medical Society provides more information about naloxone on its website, and you also
  • November 18, 2015
    Demonstrating its commitment to advancing patient care, today the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation announced the launch of an eight (8) hour online continuing education (CE) program for pharmacists, nurses physicians and other healthcare professionals to empower patients to achieve positive health outcomes. The Comprehensive Motivational Interviewing Training for Health Care Professionals (comMIt) offers online learning modules to enable healthcare professionals to empower and support patients.

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