News You Can Use: Health & Drug Safety Updates

2020

Alliance for Aging Research Study Finds that Alzheimer’s Disease Is Not Bankrupting Medicare, But It Is Taking a Huge Toll on State Medicaid Programs and Family Caregivers.

The Real-World Medicare Costs of Alzheimer Disease: Considerations for Policy and Care” findings published in the July issue of Journal of Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy, demonstrate the importance of better diagnosis, treatment, and care of individuals with Alzheimer’s, which could lead to more favorable patient outcomes and improved costs for state Medicaid programs and caregivers.
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Many with Opioid Addiction Don’t Get Meds that Can Help

HealthDay - Most people struggling with an opioid addiction do not have access to medications that could help them, including methadone, buprenorphine and extended-release naltrexone, according to a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The study found only 6% of treatment facilities offered all three of the drugs in 2016, while ...
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ScienceDaily – Inactive ingredients in some meds may not be so inactive

Many of the most frequently prescribed oral medications in the U.S. contain at least one ingredient that could cause an adverse reaction, new research shows. The study, reported in Science Translational Medicine, looked at more than 42,000 oral medications and identified more than three dozen inactive ingredients that have been described in medical literature to cause ...
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Google Maps Providing Drug Disposal locations

USA Today - Google is partnering with the DEA, HHS, CVS, Walgreens and state governments to display local drug disposal locations in Google Maps. By entering searches such as “drug drop off near me” or “medication disposal near me," consumers will be able to find permanent disposal spots at local pharmacies, hospitals or government buildings ...
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FDA rebukes 17 firms for selling fake Alzheimer’s drugs

Reuters - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned more than a dozen companies against selling unapproved products which claim to treat Alzheimer’s disease and other serious ailments, the agency said on Monday. Many of these drugs, marketed as dietary supplements and sold online, have not been reviewed by the FDA and their safety ...
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Counterfeit Medicines and Illegal Drug Trade

Current and former law enforcement and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officials discussed their ongoing efforts to combat the counterfeit drug and fentanyl trade at Congressional Briefings hosted by the Partnership for Safe Medicines in Washington, DC. BeMedWise and NeedyMeds participated in the briefings as named partners ...
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Nearly half of US adults have heart or blood vessel disease

AP News - A new report estimates that nearly half of all U.S. adults have some form of heart or blood vessel disease, a medical milestone that’s mostly due to recent guidelines that expanded how many people have high blood pressure.
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Making the Self-Care Commitment, One Step at a Time

There's no better time than right now to invest in your health. Odds are you do it every day — even if you don't know that's what you're doing. Continue reading... ...
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