NMA: Nonprescription Medicines Academy

Recent Self Care News

  • Upcoming Health Observances

    • National Immunization Awareness Month

    June 29th, 2012

  • Updated Beers Criteria Include Nonprescription Medications

    First-generation antihistamines, mineral oil, and NSAIDs are among the 53 medications and medication classes identified by updated Beers Criteria as potentially inappropriate for use in older adults.

    May 22nd, 2012

  • Nonprescription Analgesics Recommended for Initial Management of Knee, Hip, and Hand Osteoarthritis

    In recently published American College of Rheumatology recommendations, acetaminophen and NSAIDs are among the pharmacologic modalities conditionally recommended for initial management of patients with knee or hip osteoarthritis, while NSAIDs and topical capsaicin are conditionally recommended for the management of hand osteoarthritis.

    May 22nd, 2012

  • Multinational Guidelines for Pain Management in Inflammatory Arthritis Support Use of Acetaminophen, NSAIDs

    New multinational, evidence-based recommendations for pharmacologic management of pain in patients with inflammatory support the use of acetaminophen or an NSAID as initial therapy.

    May 22nd, 2012

  • Guidelines Recognize Butterbur Extract as Effective for Migraine Prevention

    A purified extract from the butterbur plant (also known as petasites) is effective for migraine prevention and should be offered to patients to reduce the frequency and severity of migraine attacks, according to updated evidence-based recommendations from the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society.

    May 22nd, 2012

  • Should the Practice of Empirically Discontinuing Aspirin Preoperatively Be Abandoned?

    A new evidence-based focused review concludes that most patients who take aspirin regularly for primary or secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease—especially patients who take aspirin for secondary cardiovascular prevention—should have their aspirin continued throughout the perioperative period.

    May 22nd, 2012

  • Americans Should Optimize Intake of Important Nutrients to Promote Eye Health in Aging

    An expert consensus statement from the Ocular Nutrition Society affirms that significant scientific evidence exists to support the role of certain nutrients—including zinc, vitamins C and E, lutein, zeaxanthin, and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids—in promoting health in the aging eye.

    May 22nd, 2012

  • Quick Takes

    • Omega-3 fatty acids do not prevent cardiovascular events in patients with cardiovascular disease
    • Ancillary results from the SU.FOL.OM3 trial do not support dietary use of B vitamins or omega-3 fatty acids for cancer prevention
    • Systematic review shows Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture to be more effective than lifestyle modification or pharmacologic therapy in reducing body weight
    • Risk of stroke is more than twice as great among smokers of mentholated cigarettes
    • Guidance for discussing dietary supplements available from Council for Responsible Nutrition
    • Consumer Healthcare Products Association provides recaps of FDA hearings on expanding access to nonprescription medications
    • OraQuick In-Home HIV Test poised to become first completely in-home HIV test

    May 22nd, 2012

  • Patient Safety Alerts

    • Loperamide on Adverse Event Reporting System watch list

    May 22nd, 2012

  • Upcoming Health Observances

    • Men’s Health Week
    • National HIV Testing Day

    May 22nd, 2012