News you can use: health & drug safety updates


  • September 2, 2010
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) issued a notice in the August 30, 2010 Federal Register announcing a proposed information collection project: “Understanding Patients' Knowledge and Use of Acetaminophen — Phase 2.” This project aims to:
  • Estimate frequency of use, knowledge, and practices regarding use of OTC acetaminophen, and
  • Evaluate potential determinants of misuse in community-based samples.
  • This information will be useful for policy makers to consider and to evaluate
  • September 2, 2010
    On September 25, 2010, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will coordinate a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets. Collection activities will take place from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. at sites established throughout the country. The National Take-Back Day provides an opportunity for the public to turn in expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for destruction. These drugs are a
  • September 2, 2010
    The percentage of Americans who took at least one prescription drug in the past month increased from 44% to 48% over the last 10 years, according to an analysis of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Use of two or more drugs increased from 25% to 31%, and the use of five or more drugs increased from 6% to 11%, the report found. Additionally, 20% of children and 90% of adults aged 60 and older reported using at least one prescription drug in the past month. (SOURCE: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • September 1, 2010
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  • August 30, 2010
    The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is launching National Drug Facts Week, a new national awareness week designed to bring together teens and scientific experts to discuss the facts about drug abuse. NIDA is a component of the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The week, which starts on Monday, November 8, encourages community-based question and answer events between teens and scientists. Events can be sponsored by a variety of organizations, including schools,
  • August 30, 2010
    An FDA advisory panel will meet Sept. 14 to discuss whether dextromethorphan should be a controlled substance, reviewing the common cough suppressant because of increasing signs of abuse and injuries among adolescents. Non-medical use of dextromethorphan accounted for an estimated 7,988 emergency room visits in 2008, up from 4,634 in 2004, according to a U.S. government report.
  • August 26, 2010
    Consumer medication information (CMI) information about the prescriptions dispensed at retail pharmacies, has been examined through research commissioned by the FDA. In a recently published study conducted by researchers from the University of Florida, the study concludes that the content, format, reading level, and length of CMI materials can negatively affect rates of comprehension and retention. Researchers assessed the effectiveness of CMI collected through a hidden shopper collection process using criteria approved by FDA. Approximately
  • August 24, 2010
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a NCPIE Board member, has updated this checklist to help consumers avoid medication errors. . Topics covered include:
  • Bring a list or a bag with all your medicines when you go to your doctor’s office, the pharmacy, or the hospital.
  • Ask questions about your medicines.
  • Make sure your medicine is what the doctor ordered.
  • Ask how to use the medicine correctly.
  • Ask about possible side effects.
  • Available in English and Spanish language.
  • August 18, 2010
    NCPIE: National Council on Patient Information and Education
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