News You Can Use: Health & Drug Safety Updates

2020

Saturday, October 24 is DEA National Prescription Take Back Day

Locate a Collection Site Near You and participate in the National Prescription Take Back Day sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency on Saturday October 24.  Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows ...
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Clashing medications can put older adults at risk, but many haven’t had a pharmacist check for safety concerns

University of MichiganNational Poll on Healthy Aging shows only 29% of adults who take five or more prescription drugs have had a comprehensive medication review.  Learn more from BeMedWise about Older Adults and Polypharmacy and download Juggling Multiple Medications? ...
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Can people with low literacy easily access accurate info about COVID-19?

Nothing is more important during a pandemic than ensuring that the public consistently receives accurate information that they can understand. But even government websites designed with the intent to reach people with low literacy levels appear to be falling short of their guidelines for accessible text, according to an August research letter in JAMA Network Open ...
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FakeRx: Counterfeit Drugs in the Era of COVID-19

Join the National Consumers League to learn more about resources to protect yourself and your community against the risks of purchasing counterfeit drugs. Learn from experts about the consequences of counterfeit drugs, and the heightened risk presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. October 28, 2020 at 1:00PM Eastern Time ...
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Responsible Pain Management During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Protecting Access to Pain Relief (PAPR) Coalition will host a webinar on July 29 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET concerning the many challenges associated with pain management during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The discussion will provide an overview of practical tools that are available for vulnerable populations with chronic illnesses, to adequately and ...
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Triglycerides and Cardiovascular Disease – How To Reduce Your Risk

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) developed a new illustrative resource for healthcare providers to facilitate conversations with adult patients at risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). This multi-functional guide serves as a helpful tool for healthcare professionals when explaining the importance of understanding cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the reduction of CVD risk factors to their patients. BeMedWise ...
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Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA) and Mental Health America of Virginia Discuss Supporting Patients with Mental-Health and Addiction

In recognition of Mental Health Month during the month of May, Allied Against Opioid Abuse partnered with Mental Health America of Virginia about the connection between mental health and prescription opioid abuse. During the current pandemic, access to mental health services is an even more important issue, so we are happy to share his insights ...
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Staying Safe at Home During the Coronavirus Crisis

The Alliance for Aging Research and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) released a fact sheet called Staying Safe at Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic.  This resource for seniors and people with disabilities includes information on why older adults and people with chronic diseases are at higher risk, ways to prevent the spread ...
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Beware the coming coronavirus scam tsunami

Visit the National Consumers League’s, Fraud.org  to learn how to spot and avoid some of the many types of COVID-19 related scams including robocalls and stimulus check scams: two forms of fraud expected to increase due to the coronavirus.
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2020 Safe Kids Report: Keeping Kids Safe Around Medicine

Safe Kids Worldwide released the 2020 Safe Kids Research Report: Keeping Kids Safe Around Medicine: Insights and Implications coinciding with the National Poison Prevention Week in March. The report summarizes recent research and reviews educational efforts and other interventions that have been implemented and have had a positive impact to improve medicine safety and proposes ...
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Coronavirus Guidelines for America

President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force issued new guidelines to help protect Americans during the global Coronavirus outbreak. Even if you are young and otherwise healthy, you are at risk—and your activities can increase the risk of contracting the Coronavirus for others. Everyone can do their part. The new recommendations are simple ...
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UPDATED – Coronavirus: What Older Adults Need to Know (NCOA Blog)

The situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing rapidly, and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) is taking proactive steps to share the best information we have to protect the public’s health, especially among older adults. Now is the time to stay informed and follow basic tips to protect yourself and those around you ...
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Polypharmacy dangerous to patients with heart failure

Heart failure (HF)–exacerbating medications are commonly used in older adults hospitalized for HF and are often continued or even initiated after hospitalization, according to the results of an observational study published on November 8, 2019, in Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The study authors recommend strategies to improve safe prescribing in this patient ...
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People often skip neurological meds when out-of-pocket costs rise

When out-of-pocket drug costs rise, patients with common neurological disorders are more likely to forgo their medication, a U.S. study suggests. Private insurance claims data show patients with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and peripheral neuropathy were more likely to cut back on prescription medications when out-of-pocket costs were high, researchers report in Neurology.
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Adults Unintentionally Make It Easy for Young Children to Eat Dangerous Pills

Each year there are about 400,000 poison center calls and 50,000 ER visits as a result of young children ingesting medications when adults weren’t paying attention. A new study in The Journal of Pediatrics finds that more than half of the time when children get into prescription pills, the medication had already been removed from ...
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Understanding the rapidly emerging disease, Coronavirus (NCL blog)

On January 30, the World Health Organization (WHO) designated the Coronavirus as a global health emergency. The virus first emerged from a seafood and poultry market in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China, in December 2019. Since then, it has paralyzed several cities around the world, metastasizing into a global public health and economic crisis.  Read more from the National Consumers League (NCL).
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BeMedWise partners with National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day

BeMedWise will partner with National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day on February 22nd—an annual observance during American Hearth Month—to help spread awareness of the specific risks and symptoms of heart valve disease (HVD), improve detection and treatment, and ultimately saving lives. As many as 11 million Americans have HVD—a potentially disabling and deadly disease—yet 3 ...
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Medication overload and older Americans

Every day, 750 older Americans are hospitalized due to serious side effects from one more medications. The Lown Institute report Eliminating Medication Overload: A National Action Plan recommends a national strategy to help reduce medication-related harm that results in $62 billion annually on unnecessary hospitalizations and even premature death and builds on the findings from a 2019 ...
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