Poisoning/overdose

Multistate <i>Salmonella</i> Outbreak Linked to Controversial Supplement

By February 21, 2018

A total of 28 people from 20 states have been infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella.

Researchers Hope to Test Heroin Vaccine in Humans Soon

By February 14, 2018

Researchers investigated 20 different carrier protein/adjuvant combinations.

The "Tide Pod Challenge": A Bizarre Trend With Serious Health Consequences

By January 19, 2018

The trend, referred to as the 'Tide pod challenge' may seem unreal, but during the first 15 days of January the American Association of Poison Control Centers have already registered 39 cases of intentional consumption.

Walmart Offers Unique Opioid Disposal Solution With DisposeRx

By January 17, 2018

Packets contain a crosslinking polymer blend that, when added to the pill bottle with warm water, sequester any form of prescription drugs - including powders, pills, tablets, capsules, liquids or patches - into a non-divertible and biodegradable gel.

CDC: 2016 Data Show Drop in Life Expectancy in U.S.

December 21, 2017

Increase in rate of age-adjusted drug overdose deaths observed during same time period

Most Multi-Med Patients Have Not Discussed Possible Drug Interactions

November 30, 2017

In terms of who is responsible for talking to patients about possible drug interactions, 11, 26, and 63% felt that the pharmacist, doctor, and both doctor and pharmacist are responsible, respectively.

Performance-Enhancing Substances Sold Online May Contain Unapproved Ingredients

November 30, 2017

The researchers found that 23 of the 44 products marketed and sold as selective androgen receptor modulators contained 1 or more selective androgen receptor modulator.

Naloxone Effectiveness Compared by Route of Administration

November 28, 2017

Higher-concentration intranasal naloxone (2mg/mL) seems to have efficacy similar to that of intramuscular naloxone for reversal of opioid overdose, with no difference in adverse events.

Methamphetamine Heart Failure May Present New Phenotype

November 15, 2017

"Clinicians are seeing more heart failure with meth use, suggesting heart failure due to methamphetamine use could be a new epidemic," said lead author, Marin Nishimura, MD, in a statement.

Concerns About Kratom Prompt Statement from FDA Commissioner

By November 14, 2017

Kratom is plant that grows naturally in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. It has gained popularity in the U.S., with some marketers touting it as a "safe" treatment with broad healing properties.

Illicit Fentanyl Major Driver of Opioid Overdose Deaths in U.S.

November 01, 2017

Data from 10 states participating in the CDC's Enhanced State Opioid Overdose Surveillance program was used to describe opioid overdose deaths from July through December 2016 that tested positive for fentanyl; fentanyl analogs; or U-47700, an illicit synthetic opioid.

CDC Report Examines Tobacco Use By Industry, Occupation

October 30, 2017

The researchers found that 22.1% of working adults currently used any form of tobacco; 15.4, 5.8, 3, and 3.6% used cigarettes, other combustible tobacco, smokeless tobacco, and electronic cigarettes, respectively

Opioid Epidemic Declared Public Health Emergency

By October 27, 2017

Unlike a national emergency, which is what Mr. Trump has referred to the epidemic has, a public health emergency does not involved the release of any federal funds.

Walgreens Takes Steps to Make Life-Saving Drug More Accessible

By October 26, 2017

Narcan Nasal Spray, an opioid antagonist, is indicated for the reversal of known or suspected opioid overdose, including respiratory and/or central nervous system (CNS) depression.

AMA Addresses Physician Obligations Regarding Unsafe Drinking Water

October 25, 2017

Lessons learned from Flint could expedite resolution of future environmental health crises. Noting that distrust of scientific and governmental authorities must be overcome, community-level ethical protections can re-establish trust within the community.

Opioid Dependence Prevention Txs Compared in Head-to-Head Study

By October 18, 2017

Results found that all primary endpoints for non-inferiority of extended-release naltrexone group were met; retention in treatment (P=0.04), group proportion of total number of opioid-negative urine drug tests (P<0.001), days of heroin use (P<0.001) and days of other illicit opioids use (P<0.001).

Alcohol May Contribute to Premature Mortality in Psoriasis Patients

By October 17, 2017

The researchers compared an cohort of patients with psoriasis (≥18 years of age) drawn from several databases to 20 patients without psoriasis who were matched by age, sex, and general practice (n=55,537 and 854,314 respectively).

CVVH + Hemoperfusion Effective in Severe Metformin-Associated Toxicity

October 17, 2017

Case report describes treatment of female patient who attempted suicide with metformin overdose

Changing Marijuana Laws May Mean More Screening, Counseling Needed

October 10, 2017

In the changing legal environment, pediatric physicians must review their approach to screening for marijuana use and discussing the associated health consequences

FDA, Interpol Crack Down on Websites Selling Illegal Drugs

By September 25, 2017

In a statement the FDA said that products on sites they identified during the operation may be counterfeit, contaminated, expired or otherwise unsafe.

'Death Wish' Coffee Recalled Due to Deadly Toxin Risk

By September 21, 2017

The company reached the decision with an outside Process Authority, who determined that their manufacturing process had the potential to create the deadly toxin botulin.

FDA: MAT Should Not Be Withheld from Patients on CNS Depressants

By September 20, 2017

"the dangers associated with failing to treat an opioid use disorder can outweigh the risks of co-prescribing MAT and benzodiazepines," said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.

Opioid, Unintentional Injury Deaths Contribute to Life Expectancy Decline

September 20, 2017

The researchers observed an increase in life expectancy at birth from 2000 to 2015, from 76.8 to 78.8 years.

Daily Consumption of 'Cancer Preventative' Leads to Cyanide Poisoning

By September 13, 2017

The patient admitted to taking 2 teaspoons of self-prepared apricot kernel extract along with 3 tablets of Novodalin, an herbal fruit kernel supplement, every day for the past 5 years.

FDA: Separate Dosing of Potassium-Lowering Drug from Other Oral Meds

By September 06, 2017

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending that patients avoid the concomitant use of sodium polystyrene sulfonate with other oral medications.

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.