Many Americans use antibiotics without a prescription, according to an analysis of 31 prior studies conducted between 2000 and 2019 published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study found patients have a variety of ways to obtain antibiotics without a prescription, including saving leftovers from a prior valid prescription, obtaining them from family or friends and buying them online.
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July 22, 2019
July 16, 2019
Newly released data show that drug companies shipped billions of doses of oxycodone and hydrocodone across the United States as the nation's drug epidemic skyrocketed. The data, which comes from a DEA database, reveals that companies distributed 8.4 billion doses of the opioids in 2006 and 12.6 billion in 2012, for a total of about 766 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone doses during the 7-year period.
July 9, 2019
A new study indicates that few nutritional supplements appear to be effective in protecting people from developing or dying from cardiovascular disease. Researchers examined data from 277 trials with a total of almost 1 million participants to evaluate the effects of 16 different nutritional supplements and 8 dietary interventions related to heart problems and strokes. The majority of the diets, supplements, vitamins, and minerals failed to protect against heart attack or stroke or reduce the risk of death from heart-related causes, researchers report in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
June 25, 2019
Alliance for Aging Research Study Finds That Alzheimer's Disease Is Not Bankrupting Medicare, But It Is Taking a Huge Toll on State Medicaid Programs and Family Caregivers
"The Real-World Medicare Costs of Alzheimer Disease: Considerations for Policy and Care" findings published in the July issue of Journal of Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy, demonstrate the importance of better diagnosis, treatment, and care of individuals with Alzheimer's, which could lead to more favorable patient outcomes and improved costs for state Medicaid programs and caregivers.
June 12, 2019
New Resource on Parkinson's Provides a Comprehensive Look at the Human and Economic Burden of the Disease
The Alliance for Aging Research released The Silver Book®—: Parkinson's Disease factsheet at a Capitol Hill briefing with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. The new resource highlights leading statistics about the disease that affects close to one million Americans, including data on the toll of the disease and the value of innovation and public policy solutions in reducing its impact.
June 5, 2019
A nationwide benchmark survey conducted by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) Educational Foundation shows that consumer awareness of how to use products containing acetaminophen safely and effectively, while avoiding the risks of accidental overdose and liver damage, remains high. BeMedWise is a member of the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition which sponsors the Know Your Dose educational campaign.
May 30, 2019
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.
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 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 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.