News you can use: health & drug safety updates


  • August 28, 2007
    As reported in Drug Safety, 650 surveyed patients taking statins to lower cholesterol reported that doctors frequently ignored or dismissed reported concerns about the medication’s side effects. Findings suggest that this pattern of reaction goes beyond statins to other medicines. Survey respondents were in their early 60’s on average and mostly from the U.S. Some respondents engaged the online survey on web sites where patients had posted complaints, raising the possibility that respondents were more apt to have had side effects than the
  • August 20, 2007
    Chain Drug Review
  • August 17, 2007
    FDA has important new information about a very rare, but serious, side effect in nursing infants whose mothers are taking codeine. Differences in drug metabolism among mothers taking codeine may contribute to side effects in nursing infants. Infants of nursing mothers taking codeine may have an increased risk of morphine overdose if the mother is an ultra-rapid metabolizer of codeine. When codeine enters the body and is metabolized, it changes to morphine, which relieves pain. Many factors affect codeine metabolism, including a person’s genetic make-up.
  • August 15, 2007
    The FDA announced that, in October, the Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee will discuss the safety and effectiveness of cough and cold drug product use in children. Questions have been raised about the safety of these products and whether the benefits justify any potential risks from the use of these products in children, especially in children under 2 years of age. Reports of serious adverse events associated with the use of these products appear to be the result of giving too much of these medicines to children. An over-the-counter (OTC)
  • August 15, 2007
    A number of national pharmacy organizations, emergency preparedness groups and a pharmaceutical trade association announced creation of Rx Response a program designed to help support the continued delivery of medicines during a severe public health emergency. The partnership includes the American Hospital Association, American Red Cross, Biotechnology Industry Organization, Healthcare Distribution Management Association, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, and the National Community Pharmacists Association.. Additionally, the partnership
  • August 3, 2007
    The National Academies
  • August 3, 2007
    The National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) today released, “Enhancing Prescription Medicine Adherence: A National Action Plan.” The report offers a comprehensive review of the extent and nature of poor medicine adherence, its health and economic costs, and its underlying factors. Included are 10 action steps / recommendations that can significantly impact medication adherence and can be readily implemented.
  • August 1, 2007
    Economic Consequences
  • July 30, 2007
    AP News
  • June 15, 2007
    U.S. Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr., (D-Del.) introduced a Senate resolution designating August 2007 as “National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month.” The initiative highlights the month of August—when students nationwide will be preparing for the upcoming school year - as an opportunity for parents to educate themselves and to talk to their teens about the dangers associated with medicine abuse. For more, see: