News you can use: health & drug safety updates


  • August 5, 2015
    A guidance entitled “Over-the-Counter Pediatric Oral Liquid Drug Products Containing Acetaminophen” is being issued by FDA “to help drug manufacturers, packagers, and labelers minimize the risk to consumers of acetaminophen-related liver damage associated with the use of nonprescription pediatric oral liquid acetaminophen drug products,” according to a Federal Register notice to be published Aug. 5. This guidance provides recommendations regarding acetaminophen concentration, container labels, carton labeling and packaging of such
  • August 5, 2015
    Descargo de responsabilidad: La FDA reconoce la necesidad de proporcionar información importante sobre seguridad de los medicamentos en idiomas distintos al inglés. Hacemos lo mejor posible para proporcionar versiones en español precisas y oportunas de nuestras Comunicaciones de Seguridad de Medicamentos. Sin embargo, en caso que existiera discrepancias entre las versiones en inglés y la de español, la información contenida en la versión en inglés es la que se considera como versión oficial. Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor contáctese
  • August 4, 2015
    Flu vaccine supplies are shipping soon for provider offices, hospitals, pharmacies. Influenza vaccine is recommended or required for all healthcare providers. Take the pledge and share the pledge widely to encourage family, caregivers, and all patients to receive their flu vaccine. Click here for the basics about flu.
  • August 4, 2015
    The AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse announced the first of several recommendations for halting America’s opioid abuse epidemic. The initial focus will be on urging physicians to use state-based prescription drug monitoring programs when considering treatment options. The task force is made up of 27 physician organizations including the American Medical Association. The new initiative will seek to significantly enhance physicians' education on safe, effective and evidence-based prescribing. This includes a new resource web page that houses vital information on
  • August 1, 2015

    APhA Pharmacy Today

  • July 28, 2015
    Women face unique issues when it comes to substance use, both biological (sex) and cultural (gender). This new online resource by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), provides information on the importance of scientific research into sex and gender issues related to drug use. It includes research summaries about women and commonly abused drugs, including marijuana and prescription medications. Additionally, this new web section summarizes the latest research related to drug use while pregnant or breastfeeding, along with what science has
  • July 24, 2015
    The FDA will examine how pharmaceutical manufacturers’ effectiveness claims in direct-to-consumer prescription drug advertising affect consumer beliefs about medication quality. In a two-part study, OPDP will survey patients with diabetes using nine different mock print ads with varying levels of efficacy information. Researchers will then test respondents to gauge their memory, perception and understanding of the drug risks and benefits.
  • July 23, 2015
    More than 10 million youth aged 12-17 in the United States are either open to trying smoking or are already experimenting with cigarettes—meaning they have tried fewer than 100 cigarettes in their lifetime. In fact, every day in the United States, nearly 2,900 youth under age 18 smoke their first cigarette—and more than 700 youth under age 18 become daily cigarette smokers. FDA’s first youth tobacco prevention campaign, “The Real Cost,” launched in February 2014 and continues to reach
  • July 23, 2015
    The July issue of CDC’s Vital Signs addresses changing trends and risk factors for heroin use in the United States. This Vital Signs highlights significant increases in heroin use, abuse, and dependence among a wider range of demographic groups that have not been seen before. In addition, these increases parallel the sharp rise in heroin overdose deaths seen in the past decade. The information contained in the Vital Signs provides critical new insight that can help to better tailor prevention efforts. Key points in the Vital Signs report include:
  • July 20, 2015
    A proposal announced at the White House Conference on Aging would make major changes to improve the care and safety of the nearly 1.5 million residents in the more than 15,000 long-term care facilities or nursing homes that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. If finalized, unnecessary hospital readmissions and infections would be reduced, quality care increased, and safety measures strengthened for the more than one million residents in these facilities. One of the many proposed changes includes updating the nursing home’s infection