NMA: Nonprescription Medicines Academy

Recent Self Care News

  • NIH Launches Free Database of Drugs Associated With Liver Injury

    LiverTox is a new source of evidence-based information about liver injury associated with prescription and nonprescription drugs, herbals, and dietary supplements.

    December 14th, 2012

  • Aspirin Offers Survival Benefit for Patients With PIK3CA-Mutated Colorectal Cancer

    Regular use of aspirin after diagnosis appears to offer a significant survival benefit for the 15% to 20% of patients with colorectal cancer who have mutations in PIK3CA (the gene encoding phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphonate 3-kinase, catalytic subunit alpha polypeptide).

    December 14th, 2012

  • NSAID Use May Lead to Poorer Antidepressant Outcomes

    The results of a pharmacovigilance study support an association between nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug use and poorer antidepressant outcomes in major depressive disorder, but some of the observed effect may be attributable to confounding.

    December 14th, 2012

  • NSAID Use May Lead to Poorer Antidepressant Outcomes

    The results of a pharmacovigilance study support an association between nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug use and poorer antidepressant outcomes in major depressive disorder, but some of the observed effect may be attributable to confounding.

    December 14th, 2012

  • Low-Dose Aspirin May Reduce Risk of Cognitive Decline in Older Women

    In a study designed to examine the effect of low-dose aspirin therapy on cognitive function in an elderly population, aspirin therapy was found to have a neuroprotective effect in women at high risk for cardiovascular disease.

    December 14th, 2012

  • Probiotic Prophylaxis Associated With a Large Reduction in Clostridium difficile Associated Diarrhea

    In a systematic review and meta-analysis of 20 randomized, controlled trials, prophylactic use of probiotics (Bifidobacterium, Lactobacillus, Saccharomyces, or Streptococcus species) by adults and children receiving antibiotics reduced the incidence of Clostridium difficile–associated diarrhea by 66%.

    December 14th, 2012

  • Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Fish Oil May Reduce Inflammation

    Data from a nationally representative sample of 9,947 adults indicate that glucosamine, chondroitin, and fish oil supplements are associated with a 16% to 22% reduction in inflammation, as measured by serum high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) concentration.

    December 14th, 2012

  • Quick Takes

    • Nonprescription medications continue to be an important source of toxic drug exposures
    • Largest study to date of echinacea shows benefits for common cold
    • Cochrane systematic review: cranberry products do not prevent urinary tract infections
    • Wall Street Journal article explains “Why Your Heartburn Drugs Don’t Work”
    • Fasting before routine lipid testing may be unnecessary
    • Aspirin shows promise as alternative to warfarin for preventing pulmonary embolus following joint replacement surgery
    • Higher total intake of calcium and iron may increase glaucoma risk
    • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends nonprescription status for oral contraceptives
    • American Academy of Pediatrics supports pre-need prescriptions for emergency contraception
    • Two out of three American adults take nutritional or dietary supplements
    • Study provides empirical evidence that pseudoephedrine sales correlate with clandestine methamphetamine production
    • Half of patients with hypertension are unaware of danger from decongestants
    • FDA adds cetirizine, proton pump inhibitors to watch list
    • Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids improve working memory in healthy young adults
    • Complete DTaP vaccine series important for preventing pertussis in children
    • CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends Tdap vaccine for all pregnant women

    December 14th, 2012

  • New Product Alerts

    • “Tamper-resistant” pseudoephedrine
    • Abreva Conceal
    • Omron electroTHERAPY Pain Relief
    • Flucelvax

    December 14th, 2012

  • Patient Safety Alerts

    • Serious adverse events from accidental ingestion of nonprescription eye drops and nasal sprays by children
    • Possible adverse events associated with “energy” products

    December 14th, 2012