News you can use: health & drug safety updates

2009

  • November 24, 2009
    Over 300 community pharmacies across the state of Iowa recently launched TakeAway — a program is to safely dispose of unused medications due to the fact that current medication disposal practices commonly used today compromise the integrity of water supplies. Unused and expired drugs pile up in home medicine cabinets, which increase the likelihood for teenagers, older adults, pets, or others to misuse or abuse them. The TakeAway program aims to reverse these trends by providing the public with a safe, easy way to properly dispose of unwanted and expired medications.
  • November 17, 2009
    Pharmacists prompting physicians not to write prescriptions for excessive quantities of inhalers used to treat acute asthma attacks can help reduce over prescription of the inhalers without compromising patient safety while saving money, according to a Medco study released last week. at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. The study shows that when physicians receive educational materials and follow-up communications outreach, and have to give a response before the pharmacist can dispense a
  • November 13, 2009
    Chain Drug Review
  • 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 12, 2009
    Business Week
  • 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 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

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