Tag Archives: prescription drugs

Commentary: Rx for Understanding: Free Online Tool to Teach Students

Medicine is only effective when it is used properly, and for young people moving to adulthood, learning how to use medicine properly is a critical life skill, explains Nora L. Howley of the NEA Health Information Network. …

Walgreens to Pay $16.5 Million in Lawsuit Over Illegal Dumping of Drugs and Waste

Walgreens has been ordered to pay $16.5 million in damages, to settle a lawsuit that accused the company of illegally dumping pharmaceutical and biohazardous waste in California. …

NJ Bans Health Care Facilities From Flushing Unused Prescription Drugs

A law signed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie bans health care facilities from improperly disposing of prescription medications, by discharging them into public sewer or septic systems. …

Proposed Changes to Prescription Drug Labels Designed to Reduce Medication Mix-ups

The scientific nonprofit group that sets standards for medicine safety is proposing reworking and standardizing medication labels, in an effort to reduce potentially dangerous medication mix-ups. …

Workers Hurt on the Job Get Medication Directly From Doctors, Driving Up Costs

A new study finds a growing number of workers who get hurt on the job are getting their medication directly from their physicians, instead of pharmacies, which is driving up costs. …

California Plan Calls for Drug Companies to Pay for Discarding Unused Medications

Officials in Alameda County, California, approved a measure this week that would force pharmaceutical companies selling drugs in parts of the San Francisco Bay area to submit plans for safely disposing of unused medications, or incinerating them. …

Use of ADHD Drugs Grew By 46 Percent in Children From 2002 to 2010

Use of drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children jumped 46 percent from 2002 to 2010, according to a new report in the journal Pediatrics. …

Commentary: Responding to America’s Medicine Cabinet Epidemic

Congressman Hal Rogers (KY) shares what he, his home state and the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse are doing to combat this national epidemic. …

Fake Adderall Being Sold Online, FDA Warns

A counterfeit form of the drug Adderall is being sold online, the Food and Drug Administration warned this week. Adderall, prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy, also is used illicitly to increase attention and get high, the Los Angeles Times reports. …

Ohio Announces New Emergency Room Guidelines to Restrict Painkiller Prescriptions

Ohio Governor John Kasich has announced new guidelines to fight prescription drug abuse, which aim to restrict painkiller prescriptions written in hospital emergency rooms. …