The rates of dangerous drug combinations, supplement use, and polypharmacy are increasing among older adult patients.
Research shows that off-label drug uses puts patients at high risk for potentially serious side effects.
Hepatitis C drugs Viekira Pak and Technivie have been recently linked to serious liver damage in patients with advanced liver disease, said the FDA.
A comprehensive approach is needed to improve prescribing practices and ultimately reduce opioid abuse and related overdose death rates across the country.
Take thorough dietary histories to be sure patients are not taking medications that adversely interact with the fruit.
Heavy use of acetaminophen is associated with kidney disease and bleeding in the digestive tract.
One clinician misdiagnoses an adverse effect of a drug prescribed by another.
The long-term safety profile of continuous fumaric acid esters treatment is favorable.
The report suggests CMS consider requiring more than 50 practices for accreditors to use to oversee compounded sterile preparations (CSPs).
Nearly 42% of patients considered current drinkers reported taking a medication that can interact with alcohol.
Opioids such as morphine and oxycodone were drugs most often involved in potentially dangerous drug interactions.
Majority of patients reporting penicillin allergy showed no evidence in skin tests.
In black patients and those with chronic kidney disease, the risk of major bleeding was especially high.
Supplements used to enhance sports performance, weight loss, and sexual performance that contain FDA-banned substances are still being sold in stores.
Pharmacies will be prohibited from filling hydrocodone prescriptions delivered over the phone or via fax. eScripts can only be used in states where they are permitted.
Recommend aspirin for all high-risk patients without an increased risk of bleeding.
Although azithromycin is usually first-line treatment, recent evidence has linked the drug with an increased risk of cardiovascular events.
The CDC noted a positive trend in decreasing overdose deaths, but urges clinicians to continue safe prescribing habits.
New users of benzodiazepines were 45% more likely to experience an exacerbation of respiratory symptoms.
An estimated 75% of anti-bacterial soaps and body washes sold in the United States contain triclosan.
Overall prescription use has increased in kids, adults and the elderly, but access disparities still exist for uninsured.
Association not strong enough to establish causality, but important as more states consider legalizing the drug.
Patient visits involving opioid prescriptions more likely to also have benzodiazepine prescriptions.
More than three-quarters of Medicare beneficiaries with four or more providers have concurrent opioid prescriptions, suggesting fragmented care.
The breast cancer drug has been identified in three of four samples of the dietary supplement Esto Suppress without clear labeling on the bottle.
Cognitive and cardiac adverse effects may limit the antidepressant's use for this purpose.
The FDA will investigate possible links between the diabetes drugs Onglyza and Kombiglyze XR and heightened risk for heart failure among users.
In a 16 to 9 vote, committee members did not find enough evidence to put naproxen ahead of other NSAIDs in terms of heart risk.
Studies suggest naproxen may pose less cardiovascular risks than other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Agency recommends physicians cease prescriptions of drugs containing acetaminophen in excess of 325 mg.