News you can use: health & drug safety updates

2015

  • April 29, 2015
    According to a new national survey released today, people are taking greater ownership of their health, demonstrating knowledge and resourcefulness when it comes to healthcare-related matters. In fact, 64 percent of respondents believe they could be making more decisions about their health and wellness. The survey shows that the majority of surveyed individuals (88%) feel confident in their abilities to take responsibility for their health and 89 percent agree that they know where to look and whom to ask if they have health questions or concerns.
  • April 29, 2015
    According to a new national survey released today, people are taking greater ownership of their health, demonstrating knowledge and resourcefulness when it comes to healthcare-related matters. In fact, 64 percent of respondents believe they could be making more decisions about their health and wellness. The survey shows that the majority of surveyed individuals (88%) feel confident in their abilities to take responsibility for their health and 89 percent agree that they know where to look and whom to ask if they have health questions or concerns.
  • April 23, 2015
    Montgomery County (Maryland) law enforcement agencies will be conducting two Prescription Drug Take-Back Days in May at multiple locations. The first Drug Take-Back Day will take place on Saturday, May 2 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The second Drug Take-Back Day, sponsored by The Rockville City Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, will be conducted during the same hours on May 30. These events are safe, free and anonymous opportunities to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs. The drug take-back initiative is part of an
  • April 22, 2015
    In the past few months there has been a tremendous amount of progress towards ‘universal’ support for mL-only dosing for oral liquid medications. In November 2014, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association voluntary guideline was updated to specify mL as the standard unit for oral liquid OTC medicines for children. More recently, AAP released a policy statement that recommends
  • April 9, 2015
    Almost a quarter of powerful narcotic painkillers that are prescribed for chronic pain are misused, and the rate of addiction among patients hovers near 10 percent, a new review shows. The findings raise questions about the benefits of widespread use of these painkillers to treat chronic pain, the researchers said. “On average, misuse was documented in approximately one out of four or five patients, and addiction [was found] in approximately one out of 10 or 11 patients” prescribed the drugs as part of their treatment for chronic pain, wrote Kevin Vowles, from the University of New
  • April 9, 2015
    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that parents and health care providers use only metric units when giving children liquid medicine. In new guidelines issued last week, AAP urged forgoing teaspoons and tablespoons – and particularly kitchen spoons – to avoid incorrect dosing that often leads to unintentional medication overdoses. In fact, more than 70,000 children visit emergency rooms each year because of unintentional overdose, AAP reports. The guidelines also include the following recommendations for pediatric dosing:
  • April 2, 2015
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a final guidance to assist industry in developing opioid drug products with potentially abuse-deterrent properties. Opioid drugs provide significant benefit for patients when used properly; however opioids also carry a risk of misuse, abuse and death. To combat opioid misuse and abuse, the FDA is encouraging manufacturers to develop abuse-deterrent drugs that work correctly when taken as prescribed, but, for example, may be formulated in such a way that deters misuse and abuse, including making it difficult to snort or
  • April 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.

  • March 30, 2015
    The National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCCMERP) has created an Adverse Drug Event (ADE) algorithm. An ADE is injury resulting from medical intervention related to a drug. The Council has frequently been asked to help healthcare professionals distinguish among Adverse Drug Events (ADEs), Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) and Medication Errors. The Council notes
  • March 30, 2015
    The White House released a comprehensive plan that identifies critical actions to be taken by key Federal departments and agencies to combat the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria outlines steps for implementing the National Strategy on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria and addressing the policy recommendations of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report on Combating Antibiotic Resistance. Learn more about

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