NMA: Nonprescription Medicines Academy

Recent Self Care News

  • More Evidence Links Aspirin Use to Increased Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

    Another large study—this one in an Australian population-based cohort—has found an association between regular aspirin use and an increased risk of age-related macular degeneration.

    April 17th, 2013

  • Vitamin D Supplements Vary Widely in Potency

    In an analysis of marketed nonprescription vitamin D3 supplements and compounded supplements, the cholecalciferol content was found to be highly variable, with potency ranging from 9% to 146%.

    April 17th, 2013

  • Quick Takes

    • Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) releases new recommended immunization schedules
    • Lower levels of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) in women with darker skin color most likely are due to decreased formation of vitamin D in skin, rather than differences in vitamin D absorption or metabolism
    • Smoking cessation before the age of 40 years reduces the risk of death associated with continued smoking by about 90%
    • Antioxidative nutritional supplements may have caused more cancers than they prevented
    • National Council for Prescription Drug Programs releases updated recommendations for improved prescription container labels for medicines containing acetaminophen

    April 17th, 2013

  • New Product Alerts

    • Oxytrol for Women
    • Sunscreen Bands

    April 17th, 2013

  • Vitamin D Roundup

    The past few months have seen a flurry of articles describing possible consequences of low serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 (25[OH] vitamin D) levels and possible benefits of vitamin D supplementation. Findings from 11 of these articles are summarized here.

    January 28th, 2013

  • Quick Takes

    • JAPhA review addresses histamine-1 receptor antagonism for treatment of insomnia
    • Medscape “Ask the Pharmacists” article discusses raspberry ketone for weight loss
    • Aspirin resistance: just an unintended consequence of enteric coating?
    • Regular aspirin use for at least 10 years may increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration
    • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy joins the Alliance for Rational Use of NSAIDs
    • Ibuprofen use before exhaustive exercise may harm rather than help
    • CDC Influenza app provides latest treatment recommendations, influenza activity updates
    • GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare launches Quit.com online resource for smoking cessation

    January 28th, 2013

  • New Product Alerts

    • Fluarix Quadrivalent
    • Flublok
    • PediaCare Cold & Flu Hydration
    • Nyloxin Military Strength

    January 28th, 2013

  • Patient Safety Alerts

    • Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief
    • MAXILOSS Weight Advanced

    January 28th, 2013

  • Upcoming Health Observances

    • National Children’s Dental Health Month
    • National Wear Red Day
    • National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
    • National Sleep Awareness Week
    • National Poison Prevention Week
    • American Diabetes Alert Day

    January 28th, 2013

  • Daily Multivitamin Use Reduces Cancer Risk But Not Cardiovascular Risk in Men

    Among participants in the Physicians’ Health Study II, daily multivitamin use modestly reduced the risk of total cancer but did not reduce major cardiovascular events, myocardial infarction, stroke, or cardiovascular disease mortality.

    December 14th, 2012