News you can use: health & drug safety updates

2015

  • 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.
  • November 6, 2015
    In this 15-minute podcast, Dr. Ken Hale, Associate Director of the Higher Education Center, the Ohio State University, discusses prescription drug misuse prevention in the first year student experience. This podcast is part 1 of a two-part series. Related Resources:
  • November 5, 2015
    The Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that the prevalence of prescription drug use among people 20 and older had risen to 59 percent in 2012 from 51 percent just a dozen years earlier. During the same period, the percentage of people taking five or more prescription drugs nearly doubled, to 15 percent from 8 percent. Researchers noted that eight of the 10 most commonly used drugs in the United States are for hypertension, heart failure, diabetes and other elements of the “cardiometabolic syndrome.” In addition, another frequently prescribed
  • November 2, 2015
    "Double Check; Don't Double Up” launched today, reminding consumers that many medicines used to treat cold and flu symptoms can contain common drug ingredients such as acetaminophen. Research published this year shows that consumers don't always know the potential risks of double dosing on medicine or that taking two medicines with the same ingredient could be harmful. Acetaminophen is found in more than 600 over-the-counter (OTC)
  • 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

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