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Pharmacy Discount Shops Pose New Dangers for Consumers

Brick-and-mortar versions of rogue online pharmacies are popping up across the country, particularly in places like Florida where senior populations are high. However, these shops, called “facilitators,” carry the same risks as their virtual counterparts.

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White House Targets Opioids in 2014 Drug Control Strategy

Topics: Prescription drug abuse and Painkillers

Setting out a four-part science-based strategy for reducing illicit drug use, the White House 2014 National Drug Control Strategy includes a focus on reducing heroin and prescription painkiller abuse and overdose.

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Nebraska Pharmacists Get Funding for Medication Disposal Program

Topics: Medication disposal

The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality granted the Nebraska Pharmacists Association more than $120,500 to continue the group’s medication disposal program. 

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Florida Sees Dramatic Drop in Prescription Drug Overdose Deaths

Topics: CDC and Prescription drug overdose

A number of policy and law enforcement measures helped reduce Florida’s prescription drug overdose death rate by 23% from 2010 to 2012, reports Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Counterfeit Antibiotics Contributing to ‘Superbug’ Threat, Bloomberg Reports

Often distributed by rogue Internet drug outlets, counterfeit medications containing antibiotics are feeding a “global epidemic” of antibiotic-resistant infections.

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Lidocaine Should Not Be Used to Treat Teething Pain in Children, FDA Warns

Topics: FDA and Over-the-counter medications

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending that prescription oral viscous lidocaine 2% solution should not be used to treat infants and children with teething pain and is now requiring a new boxed warning to be added to the drug label to highlight this information.

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Buyers Should Be Wary of Sites Claiming to be Legitimate Internet Pharmacies from Other Countries, Consumer Reports Advises

Buying medications online from other countries is dangerous since many websites claiming to be an Internet pharmacy from a particular country are not located in that country and are in fact operating illegally.

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NABP Executes Registry Agreement with ICANN for .Pharmacy Domain

Consumers Worldwide Will Soon Have New Tool for Finding Safe Internet Pharmacies

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New York Governor Signs Laws Aimed at Combating Opioid Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

Topics: Prescription drug abuse and Painkillers

A legislative package of 11 bills targeting prescription drug and opioid abuse has been approved by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Prescription Drugs Tied to Fatal Car Crashes More Often than Other Drugs, Indicates Public Health Reports

Topics: Medication misuse and Prescription drugs

Prescription drugs accounted for the highest percentage of drugs involved in fatal car crashes linked to drug use in 2010, shows a study from Public Health Reports.

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Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition Releases New Report on Unintentional Acetaminophen Overdose and Consumer Education Efforts

Topics: Over-the-counter medications

Reviewing the dosing behaviors that can lead to acetaminophen overdose, a new report and educational resource aimed at encouraging safe and appropriate use of America’s most common drug ingredient has been released.

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