News You Can Use: Health & Drug Safety Updates


  • 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 out of … Read more
  • 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 … Read more
  • National Consumers League (NCL) announces new action center to help patients steer clear of deadly counterfeit drug websites
    NCL has launched, a new digital consumer education campaign to address the growing global crisis of harmful counterfeit medications. The World Health Organization estimates that one in every 10 medical products circulating in developed countries is either substandard or fake, and nearly $83 billion in counterfeit drugs are sold annually.
  • NCOA Survey: Opioid Crisis Harming Aging Community
    A new survey by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) reveals an untold story about the nation's opioid epidemic — how the crisis is eroding the quality of life of older adults and the ability of local organizations to serve them. NCOA surveyed more than 200 community-based organizations in the aging network from 40 states … Read more
  • New Survey Reveals What Women Aren’t Telling Their Health Care Providers
    HealthyWomen launched Aging Smart, Aging Well a nationwide initiative targeting the health information needs of midlife women, especially as they approach and experience menopause. In partnership with WebMD, HealthWomen also conducted a major research study that surveyed more than 3,100 women across a variety of socioeconomic, demographic and even menopausal stages to assess their attitudes, knowledge, and … Read more
  • Some Patients Cut Back on Life-Saving Drugs Due to Cost
    One in eight adults with heart disease delays filling a prescription, takes less of the medication than prescribed or skips medications altogether due to high out-of-pocket costs, according to a study published in Circulation.
  • One in five older adults said that they’ve taken leftover antibiotics without checking with a doctor first, a new poll shows
    Despite these practices and expectations, 89% of adults aged 50 to 80 who responded to the National Poll on Healthy Aging said they understand that overuse of antibiotics could mean the drugs won’t work against infections in the future. The poll results suggest that millions of doses of antibiotics are currently sitting in the backs of medicine cabinets across … Read more
  • DEA and partners collect thousands of pounds of unwanted medications and vaping products during the 18th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
    Americans nationwide have once again shown their strong support for DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day by dropping off nearly 883,000 pounds of medications during the October 2019 Take Back event. 
  • November is National Family Caregivers Month
    November is National Family Caregivers Month – A time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country by raising awareness of family caregiver issues.  The National Caregivers Action Network provides education tools to support to caregivers as they care for their loved ones.
  • AAOA-NCL Consumer Toolkit
    Allied Against Opioid Abuse launched the AAOA-NCL Toolkit in collaboration with the National Consumers League (NCL), to help educate consumers around prescription opioid safety. The AAOA-NCL Consumer Toolkit addresses common questions that patients may have about their rights, risks and responsibilities associated with prescription opioids, and highlights facts about opioid medications to raise awareness about misinformation and prevent … Read more