News you can use: health & drug safety updates

2009

  • November 12, 2009
    A new omnibus survey released today by the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) and Prescription Solutions, a leading pharmacy benefit management organization and a UnitedHealth Group company and recently appointed to the NCPIE Board of Directors, finds that 54 percent of Americans say they do not consistently take prescriptions as instructed even though 87 percent believe prescription medicines are important to their health pointing to a growing public health problem. Download the
  • November 12, 2009
    A new omnibus survey released today by the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) and Prescription Solutions, a leading pharmacy benefit management organization and a UnitedHealth Group company and recently appointed to the NCPIE Board of Directors, finds that 54 percent of Americans say they do not consistently take prescriptions as instructed even though 87 percent believe prescription medicines are important to their health pointing to a growing public health problem. Poor adherence to medications the extent to which people take their
  • November 5, 2009
    New Resources Equip Parents, Teachers, Coaches, Health Professionals and Other Teen Influencers with Tools to Prevent Teens from Abusing Prescription Drugs
  • November 5, 2009
    The Food and Drug Administration today announced the Safe Use Initiative, a program aimed at reducing the likelihood of preventable harm from medication use. Millions of people are harmed every year from inappropriate medication use. Many injuries occur as a result of incomplete access to information about a drug, a patient, or the patient’s condition. Other preventable sources of harm include unintentional misuse of medications, medication abuse, and attempts at self harm. Unintended exposure to prescription medications such as opioid drugs can cause
  • November 4, 2009
    The term “influenza” refers to illness caused by influenza virus. This is commonly also called “flu,” but many different illnesses cause “flu-like” systemic and respiratory symptoms such as fever, chills, aches and pains, cough, and sore throat. In addition, influenza itself can cause many different illness patterns, ranging from mild common cold symptoms to typical “flu” to life-threatening pneumonia and other complications, including secondary bacterial infections. The main focus of the following web pages is on the drugs approved by FDA for
  • November 1, 2009
    SeniorLiving.com
  • October 14, 2009
    MEDICINES RECOMMENDED FOR DISPOSAL BY FLUSHING The following list from FDA tells you what unused or expired medicines you should flush down the sink or toilet to help prevent danger to people and pets in the home. Flushing these medicines will get rid of them right away and help keep your family and pets safe. FDA continually evaluates medicines for safety risks and will update the list as needed. Download the medicine list *These medicines have generic versions available or are only available in generic
  • October 1, 2009
    Information and Quality Healthcare-Drug Safety News
  • September 28, 2009
    More than half a million U.S. children yearly have bad reactions or side effects from widely used medicines that require medical treatment and sometimes hospitalization, new research shows. Children younger than age 5 are most commonly affected. Penicillin and other prescription antibiotics are among drugs causing the most problems, including rashes, stomachaches and diarrhea. Parents should pay close attention when their children are started on medicines since “first-time medication exposures may reveal an allergic reaction,” said lead
  • September 22, 2009
    Written testimony submitted to the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs - Subcommittee on Health by William Ray Bullman, M.A.M. Executive Vice President, NCPIE

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