NMA: Nonprescription Medicines Academy

Recent Self Care News

  • Resveratrol Induces Favorable Metabolic Changes in Obese Men

    In a small study that enrolled 11 obese but otherwise healthy men, 30 days of supplementation with resveratrol 150 mg/day induced metabolic changes that mimicked the effects of calorie restriction.

    January 4th, 2012

  • Quick Takes

    • Evidence for substantially increased risk of depression, suicidal/self-injurious behavior with varenicline for smoking cessation
    • Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends routine hepatitis B virus vaccination for patients with diabetes younger than 60 years of age, declines to recommend routine use of herpes zoster vaccine in adults 50 to 59 years of age
    • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration warns of sharp increase in emergency departments visits associated with non-alcohol energy drinks
    • Two thirds of current smokers in the United States want to stop smoking completely
    • American Pharmacists Association publishes 17th edition of Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs: An Interactive Approach to Self-Care
    • New FDA consumer resources address topics related to nonprescription medications
    • Botanical Adulterants Program seeks to educate herbal and dietary supplement industry about adulteration problems
    • Presidents of American Medical Association and Consumer Healthcare Products Association call for return of nonprescription medication reimbursement through flexible spending arrangements

    January 4th, 2012

  • New Product Alerts

    • Cold-EEZE Oral Spray
    • Diabecline
    • SmartTemp Dual Action Hot & Cold Injury Relief
    • Glucerna Hunger Smart
    • Perform Pain Relieving Spray

    January 4th, 2012

  • Antiplatelet Treatment Arm Halted in SPS3 Stroke Trial

    The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has halted the antiplatelet intervention component of the Secondary Prevention of Small Subcortical Strokes (SPS3) trial subsequent to a higher than acceptable number of bleeding events and deaths from all causes among patients treated with both aspirin and clopidogrel.

    November 23rd, 2011

  • Common Vitamin and Mineral Supplements May Increase Mortality Risk in Older Women

    Data from the longitudinal Iowa Women’s Health Study suggest that several commonly used dietary vitamin and mineral supplements—supplemental iron in particular—may be associated with increased total mortality risk in older women. In contrast to the findings of many other studies, calcium was associated with a decreased risk.

    November 23rd, 2011

  • Vitamin E Supplements May Increase Prostate Cancer Risk in Healthy Men

    An analysis of final data from the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT) showed that dietary supplementation with vitamin E significantly increased the risk of prostate cancer among healthy men.

    November 23rd, 2011

  • Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Hyperglycemia, Disability in Older Adults

    In separate recent studies involving older adults, low vitamin D levels were associated with higher A1C levels as well as poorer physical performance, lower muscle strength, and disability.

    November 23rd, 2011

  • Frequent Aspirin Use Associated With Aging Macula Disorder

    Frequent aspirin use may increase the risk of both early aging macula disorder (AMD) and wet late AMD, based on data from the population-based, cross-sectional European Eye Study.

    November 23rd, 2011

  • Quick Takes

    • Self+Care Recommendation Engine helps pharmacists make recommendations about nonprescription products
    • CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends HPV vaccine for boys 11 to 12 years of age and Tdap vaccine for pregnant women
    • Systematic review of nonpharmacologic treatments for childhood constipation finds little evidence of efficacy
    • New York Times column addresses use of turmeric for joint pain
    • Survey finds that more than 1 of 10 parents of young children follow an “alternative vaccination schedule”
    • New SoloHealth Station interactive kiosk offers self-screening of vision, blood pressure, weight, and body mass index
    • Doxepin possible Rx-to-OTC switch candidate for insomnia

    November 23rd, 2011

  • New Product Alerts

    • Airborne Chewable Tablets

    November 23rd, 2011