According to the Centers for Disease Control, almost half of the American population is currently on some sort of prescription drug. Many Americans are also on more than one drug. As a result, people are experiencing more drug interactions. Adverse drug reactions can range from being mild to causing major injury or even death. Beyond interactions, medications can also deplete the body of vital nutrients, resulting in serious health concerns. Continue reading “Drug Interactions & Nutrient Depletions Are Important to Know”
Saturday, April 28, 2018, is National Prescription Drug Take-Back day, when a number of collection sites around the country will be taking back unused and unwanted prescription drugs through the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative. The program helps to keep these substances out of our environment (e.g., water supply), as well as keep them safe from children, teens and adults who might accidentally or intentionally look to use them inappropriately.
The Take-Back Initiative says: Continue reading “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day : April 28”
Last week findings published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that nearly one-third of FDA approved drugs from 2001 through 2010 had major safety issues years after the medications were made widely available to patients.
The study identified 123 drugs that had safety issues arise after FDA approval. Of those:
• 3 were withdrawn due to safety concerns.
• 61 had received boxed warnings about serious side effects (the strictest warning put in the labeling of prescription drugs or drug products by the FDA Continue reading “Concerns About FDA Approved Drugs”
On Saturday, September 26, a number of collection sites around the country will be taking back unused and unwanted prescription drugs through the National Take-Back Initiative. The program helps to keep these substances out of our environment (e.g., water supply), as well as keep them safe from children, teens and adults who might accidentally or intentionally look to use them inappropriately.
The Take-Back Initiative says: The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.
Continue reading “Got Drugs? National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day – September 26”