NMA: Nonprescription Medicines Academy

Recent Self Care News

  • Study Contends Oregon Prescription-Only Pseudoephedrine Law Did Little to Stem Methamphetamine Epidemic

    The 2005 Oregon law that mandates a prescription for products containing pseudoephedrine has not made methamphetamine harder to get or reduced the number of people using it, according to a study from the Cascade Policy Institute in Portland. The study raises fundamental questions about the effectiveness of Oregon’s law and whether such a prescription mandate is warranted.

    April 4th, 2012

  • Allergists Offer Tips for Minimizing Spring Allergy Symptoms

    With the springtime allergy season about to begin, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) is reminding patients to be heedful of five factors that can aggravate symptoms: consuming cross-reacting fruits and vegetables, using the wrong air filter, keeping windows open, initiating antihistamine therapy too late in the season, and continuing to self-medicate despite poor symptom control.

    April 3rd, 2012

  • Protective Effects of Probiotic Supplements in High-Risk Children May Persist After Treatment Ends

    Daily use of a probiotic supplement (Lactobacillus rhamnosus, HN001, 6 x 109 cfu/day) during the first 2 years of life may continue to protect children against eczema for an additional 2 years (to age 4 years) despite cessation of treatment, based on the results of a follow-up study of New Zealand infants at risk of allergic disease.

    April 3rd, 2012

  • Quick Takes

    • CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices releases 2012 immunization schedules
    • Cough Medicine Consumer Insights National Survey characterizes impact of nonprescription cough medications
    • Cochrane review: cold-water immersion reduces delayed onset muscle soreness
    • Cochrane review: self-monitoring of blood glucose has limited utility in many patients with type 2 diabetes
    • Prenatal exposure to nicotine replacement therapy may increase risk for infantile colic
    • Cognitive decline faster in middle-aged male smokers than in men who never smoked
    • Laxative therapy cures bed-wetting in children and adolescents with unrecognized occult megarectum
    • Can omega-3 fatty acids prevent the onset of psychosis in youths and young adults at elevated risk for schizophrenia?

    April 3rd, 2012

  • New Product Alerts

    • Sklice (ivermectin) Lotion 0.5% for head lice
    • LidoPatch topical pain relief patch
    • SpermCheck Fertility home testing kit

    April 3rd, 2012

  • Patient Safety Alerts

    • Proton pump inhibitors and Clostridium difficile–associated diarrhea
    • McNeil Consumer Healthcare recalls Infants’ Tylenol
    • FDA issues warning letter to manufacturer of AeroShot

    April 3rd, 2012

  • Upcoming Health Observances

    • National Alcohol Screening Day
    • National Infant Immunization Week
    • National Infertility Awareness Week

    April 3rd, 2012

  • Report Quantifies Benefits of Nonprescription Medications

    The U.S. health care system saves $6 to $7 for every $1 spent on nonprescription medication, based on the results of a study conducted by Booz & Co. for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.

    March 19th, 2012

  • Tanning Increases and Sunscreen Use Decreases Between Fifth and Eighth Grades

    The results of a prospective, population-based study show that between the ages of 11 and 14 years, children are likely to increase the amount of time they spend in the sun to get a tan and decrease their use of sunscreen, potentially increasing their risk of developing melanoma later in life.

    March 19th, 2012

  • Children Unlikely to Apply Enough Sunscreen

    Under actual use conditions, children apply sunscreen at a median thickness of 0.48 mg/cm2—far less than the thickness at which sunscreen is tested during product development (2.00 mg/cm2). As a result, the sun protection factor (SPF) may be less than one fourth of the SPF stated on the bottle.

    March 19th, 2012