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December 12, 2014
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September 8, 2014
DEA Releases New Rules That Create Convenient But Safe and Secure Prescription Drug Disposal Options
In order to bolster the DEA's work against prescription drug abuse, Attorney General Eric Holder
has announced a significantly expanded drug take-back effort that will offer new ways for people to
safely dispose of old or unused prescription drugs. In addition to authorizing new drop-off sites,
the program will allow patients and family members to mail prescription medications to authorized
collectors using pre-paid mail-back packages that they can obtain from their local pharmacy and
other locations. For more information, please visit the DEA's website at DEA.gov.

Unused medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they are highly
susceptible to accidental ingestion, theft, misuse, and abuse.  Almost twice as many Americans (6.8
million) currently abuse pharmaceutical controlled substances than the number of those using
cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and inhalants combined, according to the 2012 National Survey on
Drug Use and Health.   Nearly 110 Americans die every day from drug-related overdoses, and about
half of those overdoses are related to opioids, a class of drug that includes prescription
painkillers and heroin.  More than two-thirds (70 percent) of people who misuse prescription
painkillers for the first time report obtaining the drugs from friends or relatives, including from
the home medicine cabinet.
September 5, 2014
New process gives Americans simple way to dispose of unwanted, expired medications.

Federal officials, including DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart, Acting ONDCP Director Michael
Botticelli, and United States Attorney for Vermont Tristram Coffin will participate in a media
teleconference to discuss the final regulations for safe and responsible disposal of controlled
substances.  As evidenced by the tremendous participation by Americans in all 50 states at the
eight National Prescription Drug Take-Back events since 2010, there is a significant need for a
clear standard for the safe disposal of controlled substances. These new regulations, which were
crafted by DEA following Congressional passage of the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of
2010, will be a great benefit to the millions of citizens who want to make their homes and medicine
cabinets safe from potential drug diversion and abuse.   The announcement will be made Monday,
September 8th at 12 noon Eastern. The media call-in number is (512) 879-2046 and the access code is
September 4, 2014
Traveling & Medications - New Pharmacist Training
FDA Drug Info Rounds, a series of online videos, provides important and timely drug information to
practicing clinical and community pharmacists so they can help patients make better medication
decisions. In the latest Drug Info Rounds video, “Traveling With Prescription Medications,”
pharmacists discuss preparations patients may need to make to travel with medications, especially
if they are leaving the US. The video also outlines key points on which pharmacists should counsel
their patients prior to travel. Drug Info Rounds is developed with contributions from pharmacists
in Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Office of
Communications, and Division of Drug Information.
September 2, 2014
A Smartphone App that enables users to record:

•	Medicines and natural products
•	Immunizations
•	Blood pressure
•	Cholesterol
•	Allergies
•	Healthcare providers
•	Personal health notes

The app’s key features include:

•	Dose reminders
•	A record of when you took your medicines
•	A separate archive for medicines you no longer take
•	Multiple profiles to keep track of your entire family’s records
•	Easy to add entries in your smartphone calendar for refills, medical appointments, next immunization
•	Contact information for prescribers and pharmacies
•	Email parts or all of your health profile and history to your healthcare providers
•	Security of information with passwords and encrypted data

MyMedRec was developed with input from the following Canadian healthcare organizations: the
Canadian Nurses Association, the Canadian Pharmacists Association, the Canadian Medical
Association, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada, the Victorian Order of Nurses, the
Best Medicines Coalition, and Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies.
(Source:  Institute for Safe Medication Practices)
September 1, 2014
Managing multiple diseases: Help patients ‘be medicine smart’
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.