Publication date: 
Fri., Dec. 8, 2017 1:30pm EST ·

Russian Roulette Buying Overseas Drugs?

Dozens of cities, counties and school districts are helping their employees buy medicines from pharmacies in Canada and overseas, even though FDA says importing prescription drugs is illegal, is stepping up enforcement and has said doing so is dangerous because of the possibility that medications are counterfeit, mislabeled or otherwise unsafe. The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, a nonprofit association that promotes safe pharmacy practices, notes that if cities and counties have done their due diligence to ensure their employees are getting drugs from reputable sources, then there is nothing wrong with it. If not, they could be playing Russian roulette. 

Publication date: 
Tue., Dec. 5, 2017 5:45pm EST ·

Text Messaging to Improve Medication Adherence

The Community Preventive Services Task Force reports on the effectiveness of the effect of chronic disease patients receiving regular text messages reminding or encouraging them to take their medications as prescribed.  A team of specialists in systematic review methods and in nutrition research, practice, and policy selected and evaluated a published systematic review of 16 randomized controlled trials. The finding is based on results from the published review, additional information from the included studies, and expert input from team members and the CPSTF.  Chronic disease continues to be a leading cause of death, disability, and healthcare costs in the United States. Today, 1 in 2 U.S. adults has a chronic disease while 1 in 4 U.S. adults has two or more (CDC, 2017 ).  Poor adherence to long-term therapies leads to poor health outcomes and increased health care costs.