News you can use: health & drug safety updates

2017

  • February 1, 2017

    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.

  • January 27, 2017

    A new study found significant racial and gender differences in use of stimulants on college campuses. White students were more likely to have prescriptions for the drugs. Asians and Latinos in the study were more likely to engage in smoking prescription stimulants, which can alter the rate of release, absorption, bioavailability and reinforcing effects of the drug, which could increase vulnerability for dependence. The researchers also found that Asians and Latinos were more likely to pay more for the pills than white students. Whites were more likely to take the drugs to party

  • January 27, 2017

    The FDA is providing educational messaging to extend the reach of its Safe Use of Acetaminophen campaign to educate the public on the proper use of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and to warn that taking too much acetaminophen can be dangerous. The campaign website offers resources for consumers, health professionals, organizations, and campaign supporters on improving consumer safety.

  • January 23, 2017

    FDA is warning about the possibility of illness or death in pets exposed to the topical cancer drug fluorouracil cream USP 5% (5-FU). The agency cautioned pharmacists, health care providers, veterinarians, and pet owners that it has received reports of five dogs that became sick and died after accidentally ingesting the cream. People who use the drug should use care when storing and applying the drug if they are in a household with pets, FDA said, noting that even minute amounts can be dangerous for pets.

  • January 12, 2017

    An interactive web app with state-by-state fact sheets describing CDC’s key investments to combat antibiotic resistance and protect patients across the nation. Using fiscal year 2016 funding data, the AR Investment Map and fact sheets can be used to better understand how CDC supports AR activities locally. With these investments, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), in partnership with health departments, academia, and healthcare, is transforming how the nation combats and slows antibiotic resistance at all levels.

  • January 11, 2017

    New York’s Governor Cuomo announced in his 2017 State of the State report that he will propose legislation to create New York’s first recovery high schools in regions of the State hit especially by the disease of addiction—one upstate and one downstate, in partnership with local social service agencies. Enrollment will be open to all high school students with a diagnosis of a substance abuse disorder and a commitment to recovery. Recovery schools are “schools within school” where students in recovery can learn in a substance-free and supportive environment and have proven

  • January 5, 2017

    FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) provides an audio podcast series, The Director’s Corner, featuring discussions by FDA’s CDER director, Janet Woodcock, MD. The latest podcast presents a discussion on various opioid safety labeling changes and opioid prescribing in the US.

  • January 4, 2017
    "The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT), created by a research team at AHRQ working with a panel of experts in health literacy, content creation, patient education, and communication, is designed to help determine whether patients will be able to effectively use educational resources based on understandability and actionability. PEMAT was designed to be used by healthcare providers, health librarians and others tasked with providing high- quality materials to patients or consumers. There are two versions including PEMAT-P for
  • January 3, 2017

    For the 80 million Americans with high blood pressure, the hectic holiday crunch ’tis the season for a little extra caution. Even people who usually eat healthy diets, exercise and take other precautions may run the risk of sabotaging their health during the holidays. It’s especially important to avoid self-sabotage because of just how dangerous high blood pressure is: It’s a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke — two of the leading causes of death in the world — and usually has no outward symptoms.

  • January 1, 2017

    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.

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