News you can use: health & drug safety updates


  • January 17, 2008
    Parents should not give children under age two over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicines according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA is issuing a public health advisory to warn parents to avoid these drugs for children under age two due to the possibility of serious and potentially life- threatening side effects. Pharmaceutical companies quit selling dozens of versions of OTC cough and cold medicines targeted specifically to babies and toddlers in Oct. 2007. That same month, the FDA advisers voted that these medicines don't work in small children
  • January 10, 2008
    About 3.1 million people in the United States aged 12 to 25 (5.3 percent of this age group) have used over-the-counter (non-prescription) cough and cold medicines to get high at least once in their lifetimes, according to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The level is comparable to LSD, and more than the reported use of methamphetamines, among those aged 12 to 25. White youths were more than three times as likely as Black youths to have misused these drugs during the past year.
  • January 1, 2008
    Discovery-British Columbia-Western Canada’s Quarterly Newsletter from Canada’s Research Based Pharmaceutical Companies
  • January 1, 2008
    NCPIE’s Executive Vice President, Wm. Ray Bullman, participated in the above noted October 2007 IOM workshop. During a panel entitled, “Other Stakeholder Reaction to Prescription Use Instruction Standardization: Physicians and Patients,” Mr. Bullman voiced support for USP – a founding member of NCPIE which has served continuously on the NCPIE board of directors since its inception in 1982 - taking the organizational lead on such an important medication safe use issue. In his remarks, Mr. Bullman noted, “Addressing the issue of drug label


  • December 19, 2007
    The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) released a pair of plain- language guides that outline the latest scientific evidence on the effectiveness and safety of oral medications for adults with type 2 diabetes. AHRQ’s analysis is the first to summarize evidence on the effectiveness and adverse events for all commonly used type 2 diabetes medications. As new classes of oral diabetes medications have become available, patients and clinicians have faced a growing list of treatment options and choices. The consumer-targeted guide, called Pills
  • December 12, 2007
    D.A.R.E. America today launched a new Prescription /OTC Medicine Abuse curricula. The lessons, designed for 5th, 7th, and 9th graders, were developed with assistance of nearly a dozen national governmental agencies, businesses, nonprofit groups, and trade associations, including the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) and the following stakeholder organizations: · Abbott Laboratories · Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, SAMHSA · Consumer Healthcare Products Association · National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • November 9, 2007
    The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed this consumer summary guide to help consumers talk with their doctor or nurse about two of the many kinds of blood pressure pills. It compares the benefits, side effects, and prices of drugs called ACEIs (pronounced “aces”) and ARBs. The Guide addresses Fast Facts on ACEIs and ARBs, Why treat high blood pressure, Comparing ACEIs and ARBs, Serious Risks, and Price. For free print copies, call the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse (800) 358-9295. Ask for AHRQ Publication Number 08-EHC003-2A.
  • October 11, 2007
    The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) on behalf of the leading makers of over-the-counter cough and cold medicines announced voluntary market withdrawals of oral cough and cold medicines that refer to “infants.” The voluntry withdrawal affects only these “infant” oral medicines, not those intended and labeled for use in children age two and older. The branded cough and cold medicines that are being voluntarily withdrawn are:
  • October 1, 2007
    National Education Campaign Launch to Educate Older Adults about the MUSTS of Safe Medicine Use Coincides with “Talk About Prescriptions” Month
  • September 30, 2007