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July 18, 2014
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April 25, 2014
Survey Finds 7.5% of Youths Are Prescribed Behavioral Medications
About 7.5% of youth ages 6 to 17 years were given prescription drugs for behavioral or emotional
problems during 2011-2012, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey.
Children covered by Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) were more likely to
be prescribed such medications than those with private insurance. The report notes that boys had
higher prescription rates than girls. 
April 22, 2014
Codeine Often Prescribed for Kids Despite Risk of Harm: Study [link to
Even though potentially harmful to children, codeine continues to be prescribed in emergency rooms,
according to research published in the journal Pediatrics. The study notes that guidelines from the
American Academy of Pediatrics, issued in 1997 and reaffirmed in 2006, warn about codeine's
potential dangers and lack of documented effectiveness in children who have coughs or upper
respiratory infections.
April 17, 2014
Study Links NSAID Use Link to Higher Afib Risk in Older Adults
Older adults who took nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for 15 to 30 days were 70% more likely
to suffer atrial fibrillation compared with those who didn't use the drugs, according to a BMJ Open
study. Researchers analyzed data from over 8,000 people aged 55 and older and found that the
increased risk persisted even if the patients were not currently taking the drugs, but had done so
in the previous 30 days. 

April 16, 2014
U.S. Spending on Prescription Drugs Rose 3.2% in 2013
After rising only 1% in 2012, Americans' spending on prescription medicines in 2013 increased 3.2%
to nearly $330 billion, according to a report by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.
"Following several years of decline, 2013 was striking for the increased use by patients of all
parts of the U.S. healthcare system  even in advance of full implementation of the Affordable Care
Act," stated Murray Aitken, executive director of the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.
"Growth in medicine spending remains at historically low levels despite a significant uptick last
year, and continues to contribute to the bending of the healthcare cost curve."  (Source:  NACDS
E-ssentials)
April 7, 2014
One in Three Patients Fails to Fill Initial Prescriptions: Study
Nearly a third (31.3%) of all first-time drug prescriptions were not filled by patients within nine
months, with nonadherence highest for expensive drugs and chronic disease prevention therapies,
according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Nonadherence factors were higher
copayments, recent hospitalization and more severe comorbid conditions. The study, conducted by a
primary care network, was aimed at estimating the incidence of primary nonadherence in primary care
and identifying drug-, patient- and physician-related characteristics associated with nonadherence.
Medscape (Free Registration Required).