News You Can Use: Health & Drug Safety Updates

2020

Allied Against Opioid Abuse launched the AAOA-NCL 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 ...
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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 ...
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With a new guide to tapering opioids, federal health officials seek a balanced approach to prescribing

The Health and Human Services Department published new guidance for physicians treating patients that have prescriptions for opioids, recommending that they do not abruptly reduce dosages for people dependent on the drugs to manage chronic pain. Health officials released the guidelines in an attempt to help curb opioid prescriptions overall without harming patients that are ...
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With a new guide to tapering opioids, federal health officials seeks a balanced approach to prescribing

The Health and Human Services Department published new guidance for physicians treating patients that have prescriptions for opioids, recommending that they do not abruptly reduce dosages for people dependent on the drugs to manage chronic pain. Health officials released the guidelines in an attempt to help curb opioid prescriptions overall without harming patients that are ...
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New Source of Information on Preventing Opioid Misuse and Abuse – 34th Talk About Your Medicines Month Addresses Preventing Opioid Misuse and Abuse Across the Ages

Gloucester, MA – The opioid epidemic is a public health emergency. On average, 130 Americans die every day from opioid misuse according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All Americans are affected by this problem. It may be the death of a family member from an overdose, the legal problems, or the ...
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Off-label medication orders on the rise for children

Rutgers Today - U.S. physicians are increasingly ordering medications for children for conditions that are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, according to a Rutgers study.  The findings highlight the need for more education, research and policies addressing effective, safe pediatric drug prescribing. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, analyzed data collected from 2006 to ...
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Drug dealers are peddling steroids on Facebook and YouTube

Wash. Post - Drug dealers are turning to Facebook and other popular social media sites to peddle steroids, which are illegal without a prescription, raising more questions about whether the companies are properly policing their platforms.  Those substances are being aggressively sold or marketed through posts and videos on sites including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and ...
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Consumer Reports is reminding people that using antibiotics improperly, can pose risks

Wash. Post - If you’ve ever had a cold that keeps you up at night coughing or painful urinary tract infections that recur regularly, you may have been tempted to simply help yourself to the antibiotics you’ve been storing since last year in your medicine cabinet. Or you might ask a friend or family member ...
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FDA warns of NDMA found in samples of ranitidine

FDA has learned that some ranitidine medicines, including some products commonly known as the brand-name Zantac, contain a nitrosamine impurity called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) at low levels. NDMA—a known environmental contaminant and found in water and foods—is considered a probable human carcinogen. FDA has been investigating NDMA and other nitrosamine impurities in angiotensin II receptor blockers ...
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NABP Launches New Consumer Website

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) announces the launch of www.safe.pharmacy as an NABP-branded site featuring consumer-oriented information . Consumers will find information on preventing prescription drug abuse, how to safely use medication, how boards of pharmacy and pharmacists can serve as resources, and where to find permanent drug disposal locations.
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New Survey Finds Vaccine Discussions Are a Low Priority at the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit: Experts Discuss Implications

The Alliance for Aging Research is hosting a webinar to discuss a recent survey distributed to primary care physicians and nurse practitioners that found that vaccine discussions as part of prevention planning are a low priority at the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit; and, that more education is needed to overcome patient awareness barriers. Read more... ...
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SAMHSA’s 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

SAMHSA has released the latest data findings from the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). NSDUH provides estimates of the use of illegal substances, prescription drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, as well as mental disorders, treatment, and co-occurring substance use and mental disorders in the United States. Read more... ...
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AAOA has partnered with HealthyWomen and launched the AAOA-HealthyWomen Toolkit

AAOA has partnered with HealthyWomen and launched the AAOA-HealthyWomen Toolkit to underscore the seriousness of the country’s prescription opioid abuse epidemic on families across the country and offers actionable steps for women — who make the majority of the healthcare decisions in the home — to take to ensure opioid medications are secured and out of reach ...
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More parents give dietary supplements to kids. But experts warn about their potential danger.

About a third of children in the United States use dietary supplements, according to a nationally representative survey of American children and adolescents. Between 2004 and 2014, participants' use of herbal and nonvitamin supplements nearly doubled, from 3.7 percent to 6.7 percent in 2013-2014. Read more... ...
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Some medications, driving are dangerous duo

FDA is reminding consumers that some medicine labels warn to not operate heavy machinery while taking them, which includes driving a car. These prescription and OTC products can cause adverse effects such as drowsiness, blurred vision, dizziness, slowed movement, fainting, inability to focus, nausea, and excitability.  Some common drugs that can affect one's ability to ...
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Many Americans Take Antibiotics Without a Prescription

Many Americans use antibiotics without a prescription, according to an analysis of 31 prior studies conducted between 2000 and 2019 published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study found patients have a variety of ways to obtain antibiotics without a prescription, including saving leftovers from a prior valid prescription, obtaining them from family or friends ...
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76 billion opioids: Newly released federal data unmasks the epidemic

Washington Post - Newly released data show that drug companies shipped billions of doses of oxycodone and hydrocodone across the United States as the nation's drug epidemic skyrocketed. The data, which comes from a DEA database, reveals that companies distributed 8.4 billion doses of the opioids in 2006 and 12.6 billion in 2012, for a ...
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Few supplements have proven heart benefits

Reuters - A new study indicates that few nutritional supplements appear to be effective in protecting people from developing or dying from cardiovascular disease. Researchers examined data from 277 trials with a total of almost 1 million participants to evaluate the effects of 16 different nutritional supplements and 8 dietary interventions related to heart problems ...
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New Resource on Parkinson’s Provides a Comprehensive Look at the Human and Economic Burden of the Disease

The Alliance for Aging Research released The Silver Book®: Parkinson’s Disease factsheet at a Capitol Hill briefing with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. The new resource highlights leading statistics about the disease that affects close to one million Americans, including data on the toll of the disease and the value of innovation and public policy ...
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Consumers’ Knowledge of Acetaminophen Safe Use Remains High

A nationwide benchmark survey conducted by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) Educational Foundation shows that consumer awareness of how to use products containing acetaminophen safely and effectively, while avoiding the risks of accidental overdose and liver damage, remains high.  BeMedWise is a member of the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition which sponsors the Know YourDose educational campaign ...
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