News you can use: health & drug safety updates


  • March 13, 2019

    Poisoning is the number one cause of injury-related death in the U.S.. National Poison Prevention Week, sponsored by the National Poisoning Prevention Council during the third week in March, promotes poison prevention tips and the free emergency services provided by poison control centers, including the Poison Help hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Text POISON to 797979 to save the number in your smartphone.

  • March 13, 2019

    Many of the most frequently prescribed oral medications in the U.S. contain at least one ingredient that could cause an adverse reaction, new research shows. The study, reported in Science Translational Medicine, looked at more than 42,000 oral medications and identified more than three dozen inactive ingredients that have been described in medical literature to cause allergic symptoms following oral exposure.

  • February 21, 2019

    Google is partnering with the DEA, HHS, CVS, Walgreens and state governments to display local drug disposal locations in Google Maps. By entering searches such as "drug drop off near me" or "medication disposal near me," consumers will be able to find permanent disposal spots at local pharmacies, hospitals or government buildings to dispatch of unneeded medication. The program will start with 3,500 locations nationwide.

  • February 11, 2019

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned more than a dozen companies against selling unapproved products which claim to treat Alzheimer's disease and other serious ailments, the agency said on Monday. Many of these drugs, marketed as dietary supplements and sold online, have not been reviewed by the FDA and their safety and efficacy remain unproven, the agency said in a statement. Reuters.

  • February 4, 2019

    Overdoses of the OTC diarrhea drug loperamide are increasing, according to new research from Rutgers University. Misuse of over-the-counter drugs with the ingredient loperamide can result in cardiac failure. The study notes that loperamide is available both online and in stores and is undetectable on routine drug tests. EurekeAlert!

  • January 31, 2019

    A new report estimates that nearly half of all U.S. adults have some form of heart or blood vessel disease, a medical milestone that's mostly due to recent guidelines that expanded how many people have high blood pressure. AP News

  • January 31, 2019

    Current and former law enforcement and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officials discussed their ongoing efforts to combat the counterfeit drug and fentanyl trade at Congressional Briefings hosted by the Partnership for Safe Medicines in Washington, D.C. BeMedWise and NeedyMeds participated in the briefings as named partners.

  • January 22, 2019

    The FDA has developed two consumer-friendly model Drug Facts Labels (DFLs) for over-the-counter (OTC) naloxone, a drug used to treat opioid overdose — one for use with a nasal spray and one for use with an auto-injector. These model labels contain information that a consumer needs to administer naloxone safely and effectively. With the number of overdose deaths involving prescription and illicit opioids more than doubling over the last seven years to nearly 48,000 in 2017, FDA notes it is critical to enable new ways to increase availability of naloxone, such as informed OTC access.

  • January 15, 2019

    There's no better time than right now to invest in your health. Odds are you do it every day — even if you don't know that's what you're doing. Continue reading...

  • January 10, 2019

    Grandparents can help protect kids from medication-related poisonings — National Safety Council.