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Reminder: Final DEA Take-Back Day is Saturday, September 27

Topics: DEA and Medication disposal

Consumers will have the opportunity to dispose of unneeded or unwanted medications at the last Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, September 27, 2014. 

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Thousands of Young Children Hospitalized Annually for Accidental Ingestion of Prescription Medications, New Study Reports

Topics: Medication misuse

An estimated 9,490 children under the age of six are hospitalized each year for symptoms related to accidental ingestion of prescription drugs.

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Illegal Sales of Prescription Drugs Present Challenge for eBay, ABC News Reports

Although eBay, the online shopping and selling platform, has policies banning the listing and sale of any substance requiring a prescription, and ABC News report alleges that such drugs continue to be sold on the site, and are often relisted after complaints are filed.

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Prescription Drug Overdose Death Rates Quadrupled from 1999 to 2011, Indicates New CDC Data

Topics: CDC, Prescription drug overdose, and Painkillers

The rate of overdose deaths related to opioid-analgesics, including common prescription painkillers, increased by nearly four times between 1999 and 2011.

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Pharmacists can Fight Prescription Drug Abuse by Watching for ‘Red Flags,’ NABP Executive Director Indicates in Interview

Topics: Prescription drug abuse

When pharmacists are concerned that a patient might be misusing or abusing prescription drugs, there are several signs they can look for.

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DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Collection Site Locator Now Available

Topics: DEA and Medication disposal

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day collection site locator is now available online, allowing consumers to search for a nearby location to dispose of unneeded, unwanted, or expired medications on Saturday, September 27, 2014. 

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DEA Finalizes Rule on Controlled Substance Prescription Drug Disposal

Topics: DEA and Medication disposal

DEA has published its Final Rule on Disposal of Controlled Substances, allowing some DEA registrants to modify their registration to become authorized collectors.

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NABP Launches .Pharmacy Generic Top-Level Domain to Help Consumers Find Safe Pharmacies Online

NABP has launched the .pharmacy generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) to provide consumers around the world a means for identifying safe, legal, and ethical online pharmacies and related resources. 

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National Decline in Rates of Prescription Drug Abuse from 2012 to 2013, SAMHSA Reports

Topics: Prescription drug abuse and Medication disposal

The number of people abusing prescription medications decreased from 6.8 million users in 2012, to 6.5 million users in 2013, according to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

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California Bill Would Allow Pharmacists to Dispense Naloxone Without a Prescription

Topics: Prescription drug overdose

The California Legislature has passed a bill that would allow pharmacists to dispense the overdose reversal drug, naloxone, without a prescription.

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One in Five Orthopedic Trauma Surgery Patients ‘Doctor Shop,’ Study Reports

Topics: Prescription drug abuse and Painkillers

More than 20% of patients who have surgery to repair broken bones or for other orthopedic trauma visit multiple doctors for painkiller prescriptions.

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FDA Encourages Consumers to Report Medication Problems to MedWatch

Topics: Medication safety

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reminding consumers that they can report issues with medications and medical devices to the agency’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program. 

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NABP Launches .Pharmacy Generic Top-Level Domain to Help Consumers Find Safe Pharmacies Online

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) has launched the .pharmacy generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) to provide consumers around the world a means for identifying safe, legal, and ethical online pharmacies and related resources.

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