News you can use: health & drug safety updates

2017

  • May 2, 2017

    About 38% of seniors over the age of 85 need help managing their medications, according to Netherlands researchers who published a study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The researchers found that younger demographics may need help, as well, with 10% of those between the ages of 65 and 69 reporting they need help managing their medications. An aging baby boomer population has fueled a dramatic increase in older adults in the United States. By 2050, adults over age 65 will account for more than 83 million U.S. residents.

  • April 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.

  • March 2, 2017

    A growing number of Americans know how to safely use medicines containing the most common drug ingredient in the U.S. A nationwide survey released today shows a positive trend over the past six years: more people than ever are aware of how to use products containing acetaminophen safely and effectively, while avoiding the risks of accidental overdose and liver damage. Findings include: more consumers agree it is “important not to exceed the dosing directions on the label” of pain relievers (increased to 96 percent in 2016 from 90 percent in 2010), and more

  • March 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.

  • February 28, 2017

    A study of three low-cost reminder devices concluded there was no statistically significant increase in medication adherence among patients using them, compared with those receiving no reminders. The four-arm, block-randomized clinical trial involved more than 53,000 enrollees of CVS Caremark. Participants were aged 18–64 years and taking 1- 3 oral medications for long-term use. The patients were stratified on the basis of the medications they were using at randomization: medications for cardiovascular or other nondepression chronic conditions and antidepressants.

  • February 16, 2017

    Medication nonadherence is a tenacious problem with dramatic consequences. According to the American Heart Association, non-adherence kills 125,000 Americans and costs the health care system $300 billion annually. The issue spurred a partnership between the Pharmacists Association of Western New York (PAWNY) and third-party payer Independent Health, yielding promising results for improved outcomes, cost savings, and the establishment of pharmacists as health care providers.

  • February 16, 2017

    Information from the FDA, including commonly asked questions about cholesterol and statins: 1. What are statins? How do they work? 2. Why is it important to keep cholesterol levels in the blood low? 3. I’ve heard about “good” and “bad” cholesterol. What’s the difference? 4. I thought a healthy diet and regular exercise would keep my cholesterol in check. Not so? 5. I’ve heard that there are some risks to taking statins. Should I be worried? 6. I’ve heard you shouldn’t drink grapefruit juice if you’re taking a statin. Is that true?

  • February 13, 2017

    High drug costs kept about 45 million U.S. adults (18%) from filling a prescription last year, the nonprofit group Prescription Justice reports. Elsewhere, the percentage of adults not filling prescriptions due to cost in 2016 was 2% in the United Kingdom, where prescriptions are largely covered by national health insurance; 10% in Canada; 9% in Switzerland; 6% in Australia; 6% in New Zealand; 6% in Sweden; 4% in France; 4% in the Netherlands; and 3% in Norway. The report noted that the percentage in the United States has actually come down from 21%, before the

  • February 3, 2017

    In litigation based on bad outcomes from drug therapy, courts often evaluate the shared responsibilities of the prescriber, the pharmacist, and the patient. A recent case from Pennsylvania provides the opportunity to consider the significance of a prescriber’s verification to a pharmacist of prescriptions that were issued with ambiguous directions. The case also considers the relevance of the patient’s prior nonadherence with drug therapy. (Source: Pharmacy Today, Jan. 2017, Volume 23, Issue 1, Page 45)

  • February 3, 2017

    A free, downloadable new brochure available from the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). Includes information on: What Is a Dietary Supplement and What Are the Benefits of Using Supplements?; Are There Any Risks Associated With Using Dietary Supplements?; What Sources Should I Trust When Selecting Dietary Supplements?; How Can I Use Supplements Safely?; and Helpful Resources About Good Nutrition and Dietary Supplements.

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