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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:

http://www.cdc.gov/features/diabetesheattravel/index.html

 

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
    safe.

Learn how to protect your children:

http://www.cdc.gov/features/medicationstorage/index.html

 

3. Long-term abstinences are increased for smokers receiving counseling and medication to
stop smoking.

  • 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:

http://talktoyourpatients.ny.gov

http://www.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/professionals/clinicians-providers/guidelines-recommendations/tobacco/clinicians/references/quickref/tobaqrg.pdf

 

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

http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/s0622-laiv-flu.html

 

5. Of the 75 million Americans who have hypertension, almost half do not have the condition
under control

  • 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:

http://millionhearts.hhs.gov/tools-protocols/hiding-plain-sight/index.html

 

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
    medication
  • It is estimated that half of ADEs are preventable

Find out the risk factors for ADEs and strategies to prevent:

https://psnet.ahrq.gov/primers/primer/23/medication-errors

  

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.

https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/infographics/abuse-prescription-rx-drugs-affects-young-adults-most

 

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:

http://www.ncpanet.org/advocacy/pbm-resources/pharmacists-and-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:

http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/BuyingMedicinesOvertheInternet/BeSafeRxKnowYourOnlinePharmacy/UCM318643.pdf

 

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
    Medicaid billings.
  • Fraudulent billings are abusing basic bonds of trust between pharmacist and doctor and between pharmacist and
    patient.

Article is available at:

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/national-health-care-fraud-takedown-results-charges-against-301-individuals-approximately-900

Learn about educational resources in promoting best practices and awareness of Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse:

https://www.cms.gov/About-CMS/Components/CPI/Center-for-program-integrity.html

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