News you can use: health & drug safety updates


  • June 13, 2017

    Most Americans don’t think twice about taking over-the-counter medication to treat a variety of ailments.

  • June 7, 2017

    The SimplySync website promotes medication synchronization services, commonly known as Med Sync, now being provided by thousands of pharmacies across the country. Medication synchronization programs provide a platform for decreasing trips to the pharmacy, managing refills, and improving medication adherence.  Visit the SimplySync web site to find a pharmacy near you that offers this service.

  • June 6, 2017

    The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) is a systematic method to evaluate and compare the understandability and actionability of patient education materials. It is designed as a guide to help determine whether patients will be able to understand and act on information. Separate tools are available for use with print and audiovisual materials. PEMAT was . created by a research team at AHRQ working with a panel of experts in health literacy, content creation, patient education, and communication.

  • June 5, 2017

    Men’s Health Month is intended to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

  • June 1, 2017

    Since you can’t always stay indoors when pollen counts are high, your healthcare provider may recommend prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medications to relieve symptoms. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates a number of medications that offer allergy relief. 

  • June 1, 2017

    FDA’s Division of Drug Information is presenting a series of continuing education webinars targeted toward students and health care providers who wish to learn more about FDA and drug regulation. The webinars are presented by FDA staff and will allow participants to interact with staff in a question-and-answer format.  The next webinar, “Ongoing Role of FDA in Medication Error Prevention,” will be held June 6, 2017, at 1 PM (EDT).

  • June 1, 2017

    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.

  • May 31, 2017

    Five recently completed clinical studies presented by Walgreens at the recent ISPOR annual meeting in Boston focused primarily on efforts to improve medication adherence and patient outcomes through various pharmacy initiatives.  The studies included:

  • May 24, 2017

    Know what medications you’ll need while on vacation.  Check that you have enough to last the trip. Also, review the instructions for taking medications. Look for warnings about interactions your medicines might have with certain foods or drinks and any other side effects. For instance, some medications can make you more sensitive to sunlight.

  • May 18, 2017

    Despite the risks, many parents may be missing a crucial point about having opioids in the house: a study in the March issue of Pediatrics suggests that opioids are stored unsafely in most households with children.  In the study, 681 adults who had taken opioids in the previous 12 months and had children aged 17 years or younger completed a survey designed to measure their beliefs about and practices on opioid storage.