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All Dispensing Pharmacies Eligible to Request .Pharmacy Domain Names Beginning April 1, 2015

Topics: Internet pharmacies

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) will begin accepting applications for .pharmacy domain names from all dispensing pharmacies beginning April 1, 2015.

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National Poison Prevention Week Highlights Safe Medication Storage and Other Medication Safety Tips for Children and Adults

Store all medicines out of reach of children, and put them away after each use, advises the American Association of Poison Control Centers as part of the organization’s annual National Poison Prevention Week (AAPCC), March 15-21, 2015.

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New Study Examines College Student Misuse and Abuse of ADHD Medications

Topics: Prescription drug abuse

A new study has found that approximately 17% of college students have misused or abused prescription stimulants and seeks to offer guidance for future research into the issue, as well as preliminary suggestions for prevention efforts.

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NABP, Stakeholders Release Consensus Document on the Challenges and ‘Red Flag’ Warning Signs Related to Prescribing and Dispensing Controlled Substances

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) and a coalition of stakeholder organizations have released a “consensus document” highlighting challenges related to prescribing and dispensing controlled substance (CS) medications.

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ICANN, Governments Should Do More to Investigate Rogue Online Drug Sellers, USTR Contends

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and governments should do more to help investigate and address the problem of counterfeit prescription drugs being sold on the Internet, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) indicates in a new report (PDF). 

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FDA Issues Notifications Regarding 36 Supplements Marketed as Natural but Containing Hidden Drugs

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has posted public notifications regarding 36 products, frequently marketed as natural supplements, warning the products contain hidden drug ingredients such as sildenafil, fluoxetine, and sibutramine. 

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New Opioid Medication Safety Resource Now Available for VHA Providers and Facilities

As part of the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) opioid safety initiative, the VA has begun deploying its Opioid Therapy Risk Report, a resource aimed at protecting veterans who may be at elevated risk of an overdose or other complications related to taking opioid medications.

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Cook County Board Approves Resolution Urging Naloxone Use for First Responders

The Cook County Board of Illinois unanimously approved a resolution encouraging first responders, law enforcement, and health care providers to train and equip personnel to administer naloxone, the drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. 

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Survey Data Show Opioid Painkiller Use Increased from 1988 to 2012

Topics: Prescription drug abuse and Painkillers

The percentage of adults aged 20 and over who have used prescription opioid analgesics in the past 30 days has more than doubled since 1988-1994.

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Federal Judge Overturns Maine Prescription Drug Import Law

A United States district court judge has ruled that Maine’s 2013 law allowing consumers to import prescription drugs by mail from certain countries circumvents federal law.

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Abuse of Prescription Drugs by Indiana Teens Doubled in 2014, Indiana Youth Institute Reports

Topics: Teens and Prescription drug abuse

The number of teens who have abused prescription drugs in Indiana nearly doubled between 2003 and 2014, the most recent data from the Indiana Youth Institute indicates.

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Governors of Two Northeastern States Announce Renewed Efforts to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

Topics: Prescription drug abuse and Painkillers

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker each revealed new steps being taken by the states in an effort to curb prescription drug abuse and the use of heroin.

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Global Police Group Seizes 292 Rogue Websites; NABP Continues Efforts to Combat Counterfeit Medicines

An international coalition of law enforcement authorities recently shut down 292 websites selling counterfeit goods, including counterfeit prescription drugs. 

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