News you can use: health & drug safety updates


  • October 12, 2015
    QM Quality Matters Blog U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention
  • October 12, 2015
    QM Quality Matters Blog U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention
  • October 7, 2015
    Outpatient prescriptions for opioids — pain medications such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and morphine — increased nearly 68 percent from 2002 to 2012, according to a recent AHRQ Medical Expenditure Panel Survey statistical brief. Opioid prescription purchases rose from 85.9 million in 2002 to 143.9 million in 2012. During this period, total expenses for these prescriptions climbed from $4.1 billion to $9 billion, an increase of about 120 percent; the number of people purchasing one or more opioid prescriptions increased from about 27 million to nearly 37 million.
  • October 5, 2015
    Medscape has released a CDC Expert Commentary video discussing a new antibiotic stewardship resource for nursing homes, CDC’s Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship in Nursing Homes. In nursing homes, antibiotics are among the most frequently prescribed medications. Up to 70 percent of residents receive one or more courses of antibiotics during a year. Antibiotic misuse can harm residents by putting them at unnecessary risk for allergic reactions, drug-drug interactions, highly resistant
  • October 1, 2015

    APhA Pharmacy Today

  • October 1, 2015
    Along with other celiac disease organizations, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) has long called for gluten to be called out on medication labels or, preferably, completely removed from medications. In 2013, Ohio Democratic State Representative Tim Ryan introduced the 2013 Gluten in Medicine Disclosure Act, which would mandate that gluten be disclosed as an ingredient on all medication labels. Congressman Ryan has reintroduced the bill in the 114th Congress as the Gluten in Medicine Disclosure Act of 2015. The legislation contains the same
  • September 30, 2015
    A Conversation with Douglas Throckmorton, M.D., Deputy Director for Regulatory Programs, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA - Last year Americans filled 4.3 billion prescriptions. It is clear that prescription drugs play an important role in managing a range of medical conditions and are widely used in homes across the United States.. But the drug life-cycle is not complete until the medicine has been consumed in its entirety or eventually discarded properly. However, little attention is given to the potential risks, such as accidental exposure or
  • September 29, 2015
    The AMA Task Force believes that physicians have a professional obligation to reverse the nation’s opioid epidemic. The five goals of the task force are: 1. Increase physicians’ registration and use of effective Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) 2. Enhance physicians’ education on effective, evidence-based prescribing 3. Reduce the stigma of pain and promote comprehensive assessment and treatment 4. Reduce the stigma of substance use disorder and enhance access to treatment 5. Expand access to naloxone in the community and through co-prescribing
  • September 25, 2015
    The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) Educational Foundation released a national survey, which was conducted to identify consumers’ knowledge gaps around the appropriate use, storage, and disposal of oral over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and to inform future foundation programs and initiatives. The survey was conducted online by Harris Poll in February 2015 among 2,002 U.S. adults 18 and older who have used or purchased oral OTC medicines in the last six months. While the majority of consumers are using OTC medicines safely and appropriately, three in five consumers (62
  • September 24, 2015
    A bill passed by the California Legislature would require the state’s pharmacies to provide translations of prescription drug labels and medication instructions into any of five specified languages. If signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, the bill, AB 1073, would take effect January 1, 2016, and would require translated directions “printed on the prescription container, label, or on a supplemental document” in Spanish, Tagalog, Chinese, Vietnamese, or Korean, to be provided upon the request of the patient. If the bill becomes law, dispensers