New Survey Results Show Americans Are Prioritizing Cost Over Safety When Buying Medications Online

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Most Americans are prioritizing cost and convenience over safety when shopping for medications online, according to a 2021 survey from the ASOP Global Foundation. The survey measured Americans’ perceptions and use of online pharmacies, as well as their awareness of and response to the federal government’s final rule on prescription drug importation. More than one-third […]

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CDC Data Show Record Numbers of Overdose Deaths in 2020

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According to provisional data on drug overdose deaths in 2020, nearly 93,331 people have died from overdoses in the United States. The data, released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Center for Health Statistics, is the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded. According to the data, a nearly 30% increase […]

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ISMP Warns of Possible Confusion With InPen Insulin Pen Systems

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This column was prepared by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), an ECRI affiliate. The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) has received a report from an outpatient pharmacy regarding a close call with a product called InPen a Bluetooth-connected “smart” insulin pen system for mealtime insulins that is prescribed with either insulin aspart […]

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Pharmacists Can Work With Their Patients to Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy

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Patients having vaccine hesitancy is not a new health care challenge, but the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has increased the urgency of helping patients with concerns. Pharmacists are the most accessible and visible health care professionals and also have the unique opportunity to work with patients to address vaccine concerns. According to Drug Topics, […]

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NABP Patient Education Kit Allows Health Care Providers to Share Important Online Medication Safety Information

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As part of its 2021 consumer awareness campaign, NABP has created a patient education kit for boards of pharmacy and other health care organizations and providers to share important online medication safety information with patients in their state. The education kit includes social media posts and images, a public service announcement video, a newsletter article, […]

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Survey: Most Pharmacists Unfamiliar With Safe Online Pharmacy Resources

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The results of a survey of United States pharmacists published in the journal Medicine Access @ Point of Care indicate that 58% of respondents lacked confidence in identifying and counseling patients on illegal pharmacy websites. Further, fewer than 60% of pharmacists were able to accurately identify whether a web page was legitimate, and 75% of […]

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Pharmacies Can Address These Two Hazards to Improve Safety Programs

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This column was prepared by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), an ECRI affiliate. Every pharmacy should strive to continually improve their medication-use system and provide the safest, highest quality of care possible. To accomplish this, practice sites must assess their risks associated with the medication-use process by monitoring actual and potential medication errors […]

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