One-Step Drug Test Cup Gains FDA Clearance for OTC Use

By August 16, 2017

The FDA's marketing clearance applies to 13 commonly abused drugs; there are multiple cut-off options available for certain drugs.

DEA Issues Comprehensive 'Drug Slang' List to Aid in Abuse Identification

August 11, 2017

In light of the plethora of street names used to refer to a number of drugs, the DEA has issued a comprehensive list for common drugs.

Officials Concerned About Cocktails Served in Copper Mugs

By August 08, 2017

The advisory cites the Food and Drug Administration's Food Code which forbids copper to come in contact with foods that have a pH below 6.0. The Moscow Mule includes vodka, ginger beer and lime making it fall, as the bulletin says, "well below 6.0."

FDA: Herbal Remedy Linked to High Lead Levels, Developmental Delay in Child

By August 07, 2017

The risk of lead poisoning was initially communicated by the North Carolina Division of Public Health who tested the product and found high levels of lead.

What Effect Did FDA's APAP Limit Have on Liver Injury Incidence?

By July 17, 2017

Of the total 18,259 calls during the study period, 5.16% led to N-acetylcysteine administration in 2013 and 5.01% in 2015. Naloxone was administered in 3.63% and 4.02% of cases in 2013 and 2015, respectively.

IV Lipid Emulsion for Bupropion Poisoning: Is it Beneficial?

By June 26, 2017

Researchers examined electronic records from one regional poison center for cases of intentional bupropion ingestion between January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2015. Reports that cited IV lipid emulsion administration or death as an outcome were further evaluated.

Nationwide Teen Binge Drinking Survey Results Released

June 26, 2017

The findings are based on an annual survey of 67,500 individuals in the United States aged 12 and older.

More Than Half of Overdose Deaths Linked to This Opioid

June 19, 2017

Researchers found that most of the 149 drug users they surveyed and interviewed feared and disliked fentanyl.

Maryland Implements Strategies to Curb Opioid ODs, Deaths

June 15, 2017

During 2016 there were 13.3% fewer opioid prescriptions filled in Maryland compared with 2013, lagging behind the 14.6% national decrease in opioid prescriptions during this period.

FDA Wants Pain Drug Removed from the Market

By June 09, 2017

After a review of all postmarketing data, the Agency observed a significant shift in the route of abuse from nasal to injection after Opana ER was reformulated.

Drug-Induced Bronchospasm in Multiple Asthma Patients

By May 23, 2017

Cocaine is considered one of the most commonly abused drugs that could potentially induce acute respiratory failure.

Demographic Gaps Grow for Teenage Binge Drinking in U.S.

May 23, 2017

While about 5% of 13-year-olds frequently binge drank between 1991 and 1998, only 2.6% were doing so in 2015.

FDA: Inaccurate Lead Tests ID'd, Retests Necessary for Some

By May 17, 2017

Certain lead tests manufactured by Magellan Diagnostics may have provided inaccurate results to patients, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Law Enforcement Data Indicate a Rise in Gabapentin Misuse

By May 15, 2017

Using data from the Drug Diversion Program of the Researched Abuse, Diversion, and Addiction-Related Surveillance System, the authors were able to calculate the rates of gabapentin diversion (per 100,000 population) for each quarter from 2002-2015

CDC: Overall Drinking Rates Down Among U.S. Teens

May 12, 2017

High schoolers who say they drink decreased from about half of students (50.8%) in 1991 down to around one out of three in 2015 (32.8%), the investigators found.

How Risky is 'Social Smoking' to Cardiovascular Health?

May 08, 2017

Among both groups of smokers, rates of hypertension were about 75% and rates of elevated cholesterol were about 54%, according to the investigators.

FDA Issues Multiple Restrictions on Codeine, Tramadol Use

By April 20, 2017

This new action further limits the use of these medications beyond the 2013 restriction.

First Syringe Vending Machine Launches in U.S.

By April 14, 2017

To use the machines, users will need to register with Trac-B Exchange at which point they will be given a card and a unique code.

Free Narcan Nasal Spray Program Expanded to Colleges, Universities

By April 10, 2017

The Company will donate 20,000 cartons — providing 40,000 doses — of Narcan Nasal Spray (naloxone HCl) for the emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose, as manifested by respiratory and/or central nervous system depression.

Patient Dies After Physician, Pharmacist Miss Important Drug Alert

By April 04, 2017

This case looks at the very important issue of drug information - specifically what should health care practitioners know about a medication before it is prescribed to a patient.

How Protective Are Wearable Radiation Safety Devices?

March 15, 2017

The dose to the ocular lens on the side of the physician from which the scatter originates was reduced by 27 to 62% with two representative types of leaded glasses; no protection was offered to the contralateral eye.

Clinicians Respond: E-Cigs or Smoking Cessation Meds for an Asthma Patient?

March 10, 2017

A clinical vignette was presented to care physicians and pulmonary medicine specialists, describing a patient with asthma and ongoing combustible cigarette use who inquired about use of electronic cigarettes as a cessation tool.

CDC Report Shows Older Kids May Be Intentionally Drinking Hand Sanitizer

March 03, 2017

Some older children may be intentionally consuming brands containing alcohol, researchers say

Insecticide Exposure Linked to Behavioral Problems in Children

March 03, 2017

Behavioral disorders seen in 6-year-old children exposed in utero to pyrethroid insecticides

AAP: New Laws Do Not Denote Marijuana Use as Benign

February 28, 2017

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has published guidance to challenge any perception that marijuana is safe, even as 29 states allow its use.

CDC: Sharp Rise in Drug Overdoses Among White, Middle-Aged

February 27, 2017

Overall, death rates from overdoses have risen by about 3.5 times the rate they were at in 1999.

Impact of Parental Opioids Prescribing on Young Children Examined

February 21, 2017

Second study finds opioids stored unsafely in many households with children

Ibuprofen Lysine Inj Recalled Due to Particulate Presence

By February 09, 2017

Exela Pharma Sciences with X-Gen announced a voluntary recall of Ibuprofen Lysine Injection 20mg/2mL (10mg/mL) vials due to the presence of particulate matter.

E-Cigarette Heating Coils Found to Contain Toxic Metals

February 09, 2017

Electronic cigarette liquids can contain high levels of toxic and potentially carcinogenic metals, according to research published in the January issue of Environmental Research.

Study Calls Attention to Pediatric Posioning Risk from Pet Meds

February 06, 2017

The flea medications and heartworm pills that millions of Americans give to their pets pose poisoning risks to any children in the home, according to research published online in Pediatrics.