News you can use: health & drug safety updates

2015

  • November 2, 2015
    Medications are underused in the treatment of alcohol use disorder. SAMHSA created this pocket guide to help address this issue. SAMHSA is pleased to announce the release of a new pocket guide for health professionals, Medication for the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder. This pocket guide offers: • A checklist for prescribing medication • Approved medications for use in the treatment of alcohol use disorder • Standard drink sizes/amounts and recommended limits.
  • November 1, 2015

    APhA Pharmacy Today

  • November 1, 2015
    NCPIE partnered with the CHPA Educational Foundation (KnowYourOTCs.org) on additional consumer messaging related to safe disposal of medications as part of this year’s Talk About Your Medicine’s month focus on Safe Use. Safe Storage. Safe Disposal. There is a co-branded safe disposal page on the Know Your OTCs.org website and a social media toolkit that includes images and graphics In addition there is a short
  • October 30, 2015
    Forty-four percent of U.S. adults have ever tried marijuana, according to a telephone poll conducted in July 2015. When the question was first asked in 1969, only 4% of U.S. adults reported ever trying marijuana. The percentage increased sharply from 1973 (12%) to 1985 (33%), and then remained relatively stable until reaching a high of 44% in 2015. The authors note that “[t]he changes over time may reflect either an increase in the percentage who have tried the drug, or an increased willingness to admit to having done so in the past. The latter possibility
  • October 26, 2015
    The percentage of Americans who reported using marijuana in the past year more than doubled between 2001- 2002 and 2012-2013, and the increase in marijuana use disorder during that time was nearly as large. Past year marijuana use rose from 4.1 percent to 9.5 percent of the U.S. adult population, while the prevalence of marijuana use disorder rose from 1.5 percent to 2.9 percent, according to national surveys conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health.
  • October 23, 2015
  • October 19, 2015
    Today the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) launched the SCOUTStrong Be MedWise Award, providing the opportunity for Scouts to earn a patch for learning about the safe and appropriate use of medicines and bolster their commitment to healthy living. The award’s educational curriculum was developed in collaboration with the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE). The goal of the award and patch program is to teach Scouts
  • October 19, 2015
    Today the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) launched the SCOUTStrong Be MedWise Award, providing the opportunity for Scouts to earn a patch for learning about the safe and appropriate use of medicines and bolster their commitment to healthy living. The award’s educational curriculum was developed in collaboration with the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE). The goal of the award and patch program is to teach Scouts about the importance of using medicines responsibly and
  • October 15, 2015
    Although most Americans recognize the importance of reading OTC medication labels, only 20% of American adult consumers re-read the label of an OTC medicine they used before, according to a study issued by McNeil Consumer Healthcare. Many also reported not paying consistent attention to labels as a critical tool for the safe and responsible use of OTC medicines. McNeil also unveiled the “Every Label, Every Time” initiative to educate consumers about the appropriate use of OTC medicines.
  • October 14, 2015

    FamilyWize Partners with the National Council on Patient Information and Education and Dr.

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