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March 8, 2017
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February 13, 2017
Drug Costs Lead Many to Forgo Prescriptions
High drug costs kept about 45 million U.S. adults (18%) from filling a prescription last year, the nonprofit group 
Prescription Justice reports. Elsewhere, the percentage of adults not filling prescriptions due to cost in 2016 was 2% in 
the United Kingdom, where prescriptions are largely covered by national health insurance; 10% in Canada; 9% in 
Switzerland; 6% in Australia; 6% in New Zealand; 6% in Sweden; 4% in France; 4% in the Netherlands; and 3% in 
Norway. The report noted that the percentage in the United States has actually come down from 21%, before the 
Affordable Care Act went into effect in late 2013. The analysis was based on data from the Commonwealth Fund's 
2016 International Health Policy Survey of Adults, which polled about 2,000 U.S. adults and nearly 27,000 adults 
overall.

February 3, 2017
Using Vitamins, Herbals, and Other Dietary Supplements Wisely
A free, downloadable new brochure available from the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).  Includes information 
on: What Is a Dietary Supplement and What Are the Benefits of Using Supplements?;  Are There Any Risks Associated 
With Using Dietary Supplements?; What Sources Should I Trust When Selecting Dietary Supplements?; How Can I Use 
Supplements Safely?; and Helpful Resources About Good Nutrition and Dietary Supplements.

February 3, 2017
Case in Point: Shared Responsibility for Medication Adherence
In litigation based on bad outcomes from drug therapy, courts often evaluate the shared responsibilities of the 
prescriber, the pharmacist, and the patient. A recent case from Pennsylvania provides the opportunity to consider the 
significance of a prescriber’s verification to a pharmacist of prescriptions that were issued with ambiguous directions. 
The case also considers the relevance of the patient’s prior nonadherence with drug therapy. (Source: Pharmacy 
Today, Jan. 2017, Volume 23, Issue 1, Page 45)

February 1, 2017
A time to focus on falls prevention
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.

January 27, 2017
Race, Gender Plays Role in College Students’ Misuse of Prescription Stimulants
A new study found significant racial and gender differences in use of stimulants on college campuses. White students 
were more likely to have prescriptions for the drugs. Asians and Latinos in the study were more likely to engage in 
smoking prescription stimulants, which can alter the rate of release, absorption, bioavailability and reinforcing effects 
of the drug, which could increase vulnerability for dependence. The researchers also found that Asians and Latinos 
were more likely to pay more for the pills than white students. Whites were more likely to take the drugs to party 
longer or to improve concentration. The only gender difference was the motivation to lose weight.
 
In Summary: Illicit use of prescription stimulants is increasing on college campuses and there appear to be important 
differences in how these drugs are used by different racial groups. It’s possible that targeted interventions among 
Asian and Latino students could focus on the additional risks associated with smoking the drugs. Those working with 
young women may wish to address the use of these drugs as a weight-loss tool.  (Source:  Cruz S, Sumstine S, 
Menendez J, Bavarian N (2017) Health-compromising practices of undergraduate college students: Examining 
racial/ethnic and gender differences in characteristics of prescription stimulant misuse, Addictive Behaviors, 68, 59-65.)
 
Related from NCPIE: College Resource Kit