News you can use: health & drug safety updates

2009

  • April 8, 2009
    In 2006 the year the nation’s Part D prescription drug program began, Medicare’s share of outpatient prescription medications increased by $38 billion over 2005 according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Prior Medicare drug coverage was limited to certain beneficiaries, such as people with who required dialysis or a transplant due to severe kidney disease. AHRQ’s analysis found that between 2005 and 2006:
  • Medicare spending for outpatient prescription drugs rose from $5.9 billion to $44.3 billion.
  • April 7, 2009
    The “Diabetes Ten City Challenge,” a program that brings together employers, pharmacists and people with diabetes to work together to reign in diabetes- related health care costs as well as improve patient health is showing promise, according to a report released today by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation. Conducted by the APhA with support from GlaxoSmithKline, Inc., 30 employers in 10 U.S. cities established a voluntary health benefit for employees, dependents and retirees with diabetes.
  • April 6, 2009
    The number of American children and teens taking drugs to lower blood pressure and control diabetes has risen significantly since 2004, according to a new study. The study is one of several reports on childhood obesity in the April issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Researchers at CVS Caremark used the company’s drug database to track prescriptions filled on behalf of children and adolescents. Increases in all age groups [between] 6 to 18 years of age were noted. The youngest age group, the 6-to-10-year population, realized the
  • April 2, 2009
    The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report March 23 entitled Nonprescription Drugs: Considerations Regarding a Behind-the-Counter Drug Class. While the report does not include a recommendation either for or against a behind-the-counter (BTC) class of drugs in the United States, GAO concludes that they found no association between the restrictions placed on the availability of particular drugs in our sample by the study countries and the presence of a BTC drug class. The report stresses that several important issues
  • March 31, 2009
    Patients and clinicians should consider risk factors—including age, gender, diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, smoking and risk of gastrointestinal bleeding—before deciding whether to use aspirin to prevent heart attacks or strokes, according to new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The recommendations were published in the March 17 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. The Task Force found good evidence that aspirin decreases first heart attacks in men and first strokes in women. The more risk
  • March 30, 2009
    Consumers overlook warnings about potential tampering on over-the-counter (OTC) or nonprescription medicines at least 80 percent of the time, suggesting packages and labels need to be redesigned to attract attention and improve safety, according to the research today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Participants spent the most time focused on the brand names and product claims of nonprescription drugs. More than half of those surveyed also missed alerts about child safety on medicines that did not have child-resistant packaging,
  • March 29, 2009
    Pharmaceutical Commerce
  • March 20, 2009
    Diabetes Spectrum American Diabetes Association
  • March 19, 2009
    Millions of Americans suffering from at least one chronic health problem are putting off care, not taking needed medications, and resigning themselves to feelings of isolation and depression according to a new poll commissioned by the National Council on Aging, with support from The Atlantic Philanthropies and the California HealthCare Foundation. The findings strongly echo those from a Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll released last week, which found that more than three-quarters of adult Americans who have health insurance say they still worry about paying more for their medical
  • March 18, 2009
    The United Nations' International Narcotics Control Board released guidelines on how to stop illegal sales of prescription drugs on the Internet. The guidance was issued because a growing number of illegitimate online pharmacies are selling controlled substances without a prescription. The guidelines are intended to provide assistance in formulating national legislation and policies for prescribers, pharmacists, law enforcement authorities, regulatory authorities and the public with regard to the use of the Internet to dispense, purchase, export and import
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