1. People who have diabetes – both type 1 and type 2 – feel the heat more than people who don’t have diabetes.
- Certain diabetes complications can affect sweat glands so the body cannot cool as effectively and lead to medical
emergency, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
- People with diabetes get dehydrated more quickly – not drinking enough water can raise blood sugar and high
blood sugar causes frequent urination causing dehydration.
Learn how to manage diabetes in the heat:
2. About 60,000 young children end up in emergency rooms each year from accessing adults’ medicines.
- Medications and vitamins to feel well and stay well can cause harm if taken in the wrong way or by wrong person.
- Practicing safe medication storage, putting every medicine up and away and out of children’s reach and sight, can help keep children
Learn how to protect your children:
3. Long-term abstinences are increased for smokers receiving counseling and medication to
- Tobacco is responsible for more than 435,000 deaths annually
- 1 out of every 2 smokers were motivated to quit because their healthcare providers recommended it
- Tobacco is the single greatest cause of disease and premature death
- More than 70% of all current smokers expressed a desire to stop smoking
- The societal cost of tobacco related death and disease approach $96 billion annually
Learn how to help your patient quit smoking:
4. Live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), the nasal spray flu vaccine, should NOT be used
during the 2016-2017 flu season.
- The data from 2015 – 2016 follows two previous seasons showed poor and/or lower than expected vaccine
effectiveness for LAIV
- Vaccines containing live viruses can cause a stronger immune response than vaccines with inactivated virus
- Continue to recommend annual flu vaccination, with either the inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) or recombinant
influenza vaccine (RIV), for everyone 6 months and older
5. Of the 75 million Americans who have hypertension, almost half do not have the condition
- This means that millions of people with uncontrolled hypertension remain undiagnosed
- Treating uncontrolled hypertension dramatically reduces risk for heart attack and stroke
Learn how to find these patients and help protect them from unnecessary and preventable events:
6. Adverse drug events (ADEs) accounts for nearly 700,000 emergency department visits and
100,000 hospitalizations each year
- The term adverse event does not necessarily indicate an error or poor quality care
- Medication error is an error at any step along the pathway from prescribing to the end when the patient receive the
- It is estimated that half of ADEs are preventable
Find out the risk factors for ADEs and strategies to prevent:
7. In 2014, more than 1,700 young adults died from prescription drug overdose
- Young adults of age between 18 and 25 are the biggest abusers of prescription drugs
- Non-medical use of prescription drugs such as opioid pain relievers, ADHD stimulants, and anti-anxiety drugs, is
highest among young adults.
- As the pharmacist, it is crucial to provide counseling including proper administration, side effects and cautions while
taking the medication.
8. Non-adherence to a medication therapy costs the healthcare system $290 billion per year
- Non-adherence to a medication lead to more costly treatments such as hospitalization or emergency room visits
which could have been prevented
- Misuse of medication is a significant cause of hospital readmission
- Patients on multiple medications are at high risk for non-adherence
Learn how pharmacists can assist patients in medication adherence:
9. Only 3% of more than 10,000 online pharmacies comply with U.S. pharmacy laws
- Medications from fraudulent online pharmacies may be contaminated and contain the wrong ingredients or missing
the active ingredient.
- Use of such drugs can result in ADE, drug interactions, or other contraindications
- Warnings & signs of fraudulent online pharmacies are available at www.FDA.gov/BeSafeRx
Help protect patients from fraudulent online pharmacies:
10. Pharmacists were charged in national health care fraud takedown for approximately $900
million in false billing.
- Health care fraud is NOT violence or benign offence; it is a serious crime.
- Pharmacists across the country were charged for their roles in schemes involving in fraudulent Medicare and
- Fraudulent billings are abusing basic bonds of trust between pharmacist and doctor and between pharmacist and
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