News you can use: health & drug safety updates

2016

  • November 1, 2016
    About 70%of US adults, ages 65 or older, have high blood pressure. About 50% of adults ages 65 or older with high blood pressure don’t have it under control. About 5 million adults, ages 65 or older, with Medicare Part D aren’t taking their blood pressure medicine as directed. High blood pressure can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and death. About 70% of US adults age 65 or older have high blood pressure and only about half have it under control (less than 140/90 mmHg). Blood pressure
  • October 31, 2016
    In an ongoing effort to prevent prescription opioid abuse, the CDC released a brochure for pharmacists, "Pharmacists: On the Front Lines - Addressing Prescription Opioid Abuse and Overdose." As one of the most accessible healthcare providers in neighborhoods across the nation, the CDC is urging pharmacists to fully utilize the vital role they play on the front lines of healthcare delivery to communicate with patients to help prevent prescription drug abuse.
  • 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

    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

    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.

  • 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 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

    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 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

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