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 population.
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.
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 the child-resistant […]
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).
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 […]
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 […]
National Consumers League (NCL) announces new action center to help patients steer clear of deadly counterfeit drug websites
NCL has launched Fraud.org/FakeRx, 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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.