News you can use: health & drug safety updates


  • October 28, 2016
    Researchers discovered that electronic prescribing, versus written doctors' orders, deters primary nonadherence—the failure of patients to fill and pick up new medications. Of more than 4,300 prescriptions written for the study sample, the rate of primary nonadherence was 31.6%. The rate of primary nonadherence was 16% lower for patients whose prescription was sent electronically compared with patients who were handed a paper order. In addition, having four or five different prescriptions or being a native English speaker was associated with greater nonadherence. The trend
  • October 7, 2016

    About seven in 10 Americans take at least one prescription drug, according to Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center. Two in 10 people — many of them older than 65 years — take five or more medications. When you take several medications, it’s easy to make mistakes. A few simple steps can help you avoid mistakes and ensure that you get the most benefit from all of your prescribed drugs.

    For more information, please read the article Medication Management and Safety: What You Need to Know.

  • October 7, 2016

    Acetaminophen (pronounced a-seet’-a-min'-oh-fen) is a medicine that lowers fevers and relieves mild to moderate pain. It’s found in over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications. It’s the active ingredient in Tylenol, one of the most common brand-name OTC products. There are over 600 medicines that contain acetaminophen, though, including drugs for infants, children, and adults.

    For more information, please read the article Acetaminophen Overdose: What You Need to Know.

  • October 7, 2016

    Many health problems are associated with aging. It’s not uncommon for an older adult to have several chronic or long term health problems. For example, they may have arthritis, diabetes, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Older adults may also occasionally have acute or short-term illnesses such as a cold, flu, or urinary tract infection.

  • October 7, 2016

    Americans spent more than $309 billion on prescription drugs in 2015, which is up 8.5 percent from the year before. The steep price of prescription drugs isn’t expected to come down any time soon, either. You can take steps to reduce the cost of your prescription drugs, though. Here are some tips to help you save money on every drug you buy.

  • October 7, 2016

    Americans take a lot of medications. Almost 70 percent of people take at least one prescription drug, and more than half take two drugs, according to a Mayo Clinic study. Twenty percent of people—especially those ages 65 years and older—take five or more different prescription drugs. Your doctor, pharmacist, and other healthcare professionals are your best allies in helping you understand and manage your medications.

  • October 7, 2016
    University of Pennsylvania research addresses the prescription drugs that are leftover after surgical tooth extraction. According to the report, more than one-half of the opioids prescribed to patients following the dental procedure were left unused. Results of the study show within 5 days of surgery, most patients are experiencing relatively little pain, and yet, most still had well over half of their opioid prescription left, according to a co-author of the study. When translated to the broad U.S. population, the study suggests that more than 100 million opioid pills prescribed to
  • October 7, 2016

    Chronic health problems are often treated with one or more medications. Although all of these medications may help, they may also cause problems when taken together. And as the body ages, it may also react differently to medication. Some harmful effects can become more likely. Doctors who care for older adults have to prescribe medication very carefully.

    Acetaminophen decreases pain and fever. It’s the most common drug ingredient in America. In fact, more than 50 million Americans use a medication that contains acetaminophen each week.

  • October 1, 2016

    NCPIE serves as co-editor for a monthly column in Pharmacy Today (American Pharmacists Association) The column is entitled “One-to-One” and is intended to help develop pharmacists’ medication communication and counseling skills to promote safe and appropriate medicine use.

  • September 23, 2016
    Falls are the No. 1 cause of injuries and deaths from injury among older Americans. In 2014, a total of 29 million falls among older Americans caused 7 million injuries and cost an estimated $31 billion, CDC reports. “Older adult falls are increasing and, sadly, often herald the end of independence,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH. To help reduce falls among older adults, CDC has developed the Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries (STEADI)