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March 8, 2017
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March 2, 2017
Consumers’ Knowledge of Acetaminophen Safe Use at All-time High
A growing number of Americans know how to safely use medicines containing the most common drug ingredient in the 
U.S.  A nationwide survey released today shows a positive trend over the past six years:  more people than ever are 
aware of how to use products containing acetaminophen safely and effectively, while avoiding the risks of accidental 
overdose and liver damage.  Findings include: more consumers agree it is “important not to exceed the dosing 
directions on the label” of pain relievers (increased to 96 percent in 2016 from 90 percent in 2010), and more 
consumers understand that “exceeding the recommended daily dose of acetaminophen may lead to liver damage” 
(increased to 90 percent in 2016 from 78 percent in 2010). See Infographic here.

March 1, 2017
Tackling Diabetes’ Devastating Toll on Minorities
NCPIE serves as co-editor for a monthly column in Pharmacy Today (American
Pharmacists Association) The column is entitled “One-to-One” and is intended to help develop
pharmacists’ medication communication and counseling skills to promote safe and appropriate
medicine use.

February 28, 2017
Effect of Reminder Devices on Medication Adherence
A study of three low-cost reminder devices concluded there was no statistically significant increase in medication 
adherence among patients using them, compared with those receiving no reminders. The four-arm, block-randomized 
clinical trial involved more than 53,000 enrollees of CVS Caremark. Participants were aged 18–64 years and taking 1- 
3 oral medications for long-term use. The patients were stratified on the basis of the medications they were using at 
randomization: medications for cardiovascular or other nondepression chronic conditions and antidepressants.  

February 16, 2017
Pharmacists team up with health plan to boost adherence
Medication nonadherence is a tenacious problem with dramatic consequences. According to the American Heart 
Association, non-adherence kills 125,000 Americans and costs the health care system $300 billion annually. The issue 
spurred a partnership between the Pharmacists Association of Western New York (PAWNY) and third-party payer 
Independent Health, yielding promising results for improved outcomes, cost savings, and the establishment of 
pharmacists as health care providers. The findings of their 12-week project were published in the December 2016 
report Partnering to Improve Medication Adherence and Patient Outcomes. 

February 16, 2017
Controlling Cholesterol with Statins
Information from the FDA, including commonly asked questions about cholesterol and statins:  1. What are statins? 
How do they work?  2. Why is it important to keep cholesterol levels in the blood low?  3. I’ve heard about “good” 
and “bad” cholesterol. What’s the difference?  4. I thought a healthy diet and regular exercise would keep my 
cholesterol in check. Not so?  5. I’ve heard that there are some risks to taking statins. Should I be worried?  6. I’ve 
heard you shouldn’t drink grapefruit juice if you’re taking a statin. Is that true?