News you can use: health & drug safety updates


  • March 20, 2000
    A comprehensive, national consumer survey was conducted for Drug Topics (see cover story, March 20) that addresses a variety of medicine communication and utilization issues, including: pharmacist services, direct-to-consumer ads, alternative medicines, and more.
  • March 20, 2000
    Comprehensive medicine use statistics; policy analysis of a proposed Medicare outpatient prescription drug benefit; and an overview of direct-to-consumer advertising are just a few of the articles in this March/April 2000 issue.
  • March 20, 2000
    “Communicating With Your Patients: Skills for Building Rapport” (106 pps., order #OP 208999) and “Cultural Competence Compendium” (460 pps., order # OP 209199) are available from the American Medical Association by calling 1-800-621-8335. To preview the books, click on the above link, then select “On-Line Catalog,” then “Physician Catalog.” An editorial, “Communication Breakdown,” appears in the March 6 American Medical News.
  • January 28, 2000
    New public health objectives for the nation include increasing the number of health care professionals who review with patients aged 65 and over all new prescribed and non-prescription medicines; promoting receipt of “useful” written medicine information; and promoting oral counseling on appropriate medicine use, and possible risks, by all health care professionals. These objectives are part of Healthy People 2010, a broad public health initiative spearheaded by Surgeon General David Satcher. NCPIE has been an active participant in all
  • January 18, 2000
    At Congress' request, the General Accounting Office researched the extent and types of adverse drug events, ADE-related costs in the health care system, and ADE-reduction proposals. Released at House and Senate hearings, free copies of the report are available directly from the GAO (request Document #HEHS-00-21). (Testimony, 1 Feb. and 9 Feb.; Report, 18 Jan. 2000)


  • December 20, 1999
    “A growing body of research reveals that patient compliance is a bigger issue than many physicians think,” notes reporter Christine Wiebe in the American Medical News.
  • The National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) recently announced the winners of the Pass It Forward Video Challenge – First Place goes to Mr. Andrew Gonzales, Pharm.D. Candidate 2014 from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana and Second Place goes to Ms. Rachel Lynne Smith, a junior and a Film Studies Major from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.