The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force, a federal advisory committee established by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016, released its final report on acute and chronic pain management best practices, calling for a balanced, individualized, patient-centered approach.
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May 30, 2019
May 28, 2019
Opioid prescriptions were written at nearly 57 million visits to doctors' offices between 2005 and 2015 according to a study published in Pediatrics. The study found the drugs are often prescribed to teenagers and young adults for tooth and back pain. HealthDay.
May 28, 2019
More than 3.4 million (3%) Americans aged 40 years and older are either legally blind (having visual acuity [VA] of 20/200 or worse or a visual field of less than 20 degrees) or are visually impaired (having VA of 20/40 or less).
May 21, 2019
A study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine says physicians were as likely to accurately estimate patients' adherence to medication from their descriptions of their medicine routines as by patients' direct reports of missed medication. A visit to the doctor's office typically begins with a series of questions, including one about medications. An Iowa State University researcher recommends doctors ask a follow up to that question to make sure patients are taking their medications as prescribed.
May 17, 2019
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning patients and health care professionals of risks associated with the use of unapproved or unauthorized devices for diabetes management, including continuous glucose monitoring systems, insulin pumps and automated insulin dosing systems. In the safety communication issued today, the agency noted that the use of unapproved or unauthorized devices could result in inaccurate blood glucose (sugar) measurements or unsafe insulin dosing, which can lead to injury requiring medical intervention or even death.
May 10, 2019
On May 10, the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force, voted on its final recommendations and published the Report on Pain Management Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations, which emphasize the importance of providing balanced, individualized, patient-centered pain management to ensure better clinical outcomes for pain that improve quality of life and functionality for patients. The group recommended a broad framework of approaches for treating acute and chronic pain.
April 30, 2019
FDA requires stronger warnings about rare but serious incidents related to certain prescription insomnia medicines
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the agency is requiring a new boxed warning – the agency’s most prominent warning – on certain prescription insomnia drugs to better ensure patients and their health care professionals have the information they need when considering use of these medicines. The boxed warning follows several reports of rare, but serious injuries and deaths resulting from various complex sleep behaviors after taking these medicines.
April 25, 2019
FDA launches public education campaign to encourage safe removal of unused opioid pain medicines from homes
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the launch of a new education campaign, "Remove the Risk" to help Americans understand the important role they play in removing and properly disposing of unused prescription opioids from their homes. Visit www.fda.gov/DrugDisposal and www.FDA.gov/RemovetheRisk and download fact sheets, social media and more. BeMedWise resources include: Safe medicine storage & disposal and Safe Disposal: An Important Part of Addressing Opioid Abuse.
April 24, 2019
Safe Kids Worldwide, recently released the research report, Medicine Safety: A Key Part of Child-Proofing Your Home. This new report reviews trends in medicine poisoning for children and reveals findings from recent focus groups with parents of children under age 6, which provide insights into why, when most parents know they need to store medicine safely, children are still getting into medicine.
April 23, 2019
Take advantage to dispose of unused medications before they become household dangers. Dispose of them properly on National Prescription Take Back Day Saturday, April 27
Thousands of collection sites across America will participate in the 17th Annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 27. This is a great opportunity for people around the country to make a difference in preventing the misuse and abuse of prescription opioids by safely disposing of their unused drugs. Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That's dangerous and often tragic. To help find a disposal location in your state, please click on this tool from our partner Allied Against Opioid Abuse.