News you can use: health & drug safety updates


  • June 1, 2010
    When patients get out of the hospital, it’s usually a sign that their health is getting better and they're ready to recover at home. Unfortunately, millions of patients each year end up back in the hospital. In fact, 1 in 5 Medicare patients go back within 1 month of being released. Even more people face unexpected medical problems within weeks of leaving the hospital. Many of the medical problems that send patients back to the hospital could have been avoided in the first place. What causes these problems to happen?
  • May 21, 2010
    McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., is reminding parents and caregivers to check their infants’ and children’s forms of TYLENOL®, MOTRIN®, ZYRTEC® and BENADRYL® after the April 30, 2010 voluntary recall. Please note that this recall did not affect children’s solid dosage forms such as chewables McNeil Consumer Healthcare initiated the voluntary recall because some of these products did not meet required quality standards. The recall was not undertaken on the basis of adverse medical events. However, as a precautionary measure,
  • May 20, 2010
    New York Times
  • May 18, 2010
    Though a grant awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the University of Maine’s Center on Aging has completed the first statewide mail-back pilot program for managing pharmaceutical waste from consumers. Studies show that pharmaceuticals are present in our nation’s waterbodies and that certain drugs may cause ecological harm. EPA is currently evaluating the potential risks associated with pharmaceuticals and personal care products on public health and aquatic life. The program included the use of mailers to return unused and unwanted
  • May 17, 2010
    A U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) advisory panel recently issued a set of recommendations to establish universal standards for prescription medication labels. The patient-centered recommendations were developed following a call for such standards by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) on the issue of health literacy. The recommendations were presented to the IOM Health Literacy Roundtable on April 27, 2010. Background To examine what is known about how medication container labeling affects
  • May 11, 2010
    The NIH’s Office of Research on Women’s Health podcast, “Pinn Point on Women’s Health,” provides updates on women’s health research, and is hosted by Vivian W. Pinn, M.D., director of NIH’s Office of Research on Women’s Health. This month, Dr. Pinn interviewed Nora Volkow, M.D., director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). According to Nora Volkow, M.D., Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “in general, males tend to take more drugs than females. The exception is the period of time between 12 and 17 years of age. There, we see a higher rate
  • May 3, 2010
    On Wednesday, May 19th , 2.30 pm 5.00 pm, the Swedish Trade Council and the Embassy of Sweden will host a free seminar on Healthcare Quality at the Swedish Embassy (2900 K Street, NW) in Washington D.C. The seminar is part of a three month long program at the Embassy focusing on “Health and Care” and the purpose is to provide a forum for dialogue between policy makers, researchers, experts and our citizens. NCPIE has been asked to help publicize this seminar which will focus on the issue of improving accuracy and minimizing overuse of services and medication, with the
  • April 30, 2010
    National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) News
  • April 28, 2010
    One-third of American drinkers over age 60 consume excessive amounts of alcohol, are at risk of dangerous interactions between alcohol and medications, or have illnesses that can be exacerbated by drinking, according to researchers at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. A study of 3,308 clinic patients in California found that 34.7 percent of drinkers were considered high-risk, with more than half falling into at least two of the three risk categories. Patients ages 60-64 were twice as likely to be at-risk
  • April 14, 2010
    Medicines in My Home (MIMH), a Food and Drug Administration multimedia, educational program on how to use the Drug Facts label to choose over- the-counter medicines and use them safely, has updated the entire site with new resources and new materials. The latest addition is an interactive video presentation. The MIMH family invites you into their “Interactive Home” for a unique new way to learn about over-the-counter medicines and the Drug Facts label. There you can move at your own pace, learn through doing